By and About Leaders: 8/4/15

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I think that one of the best ways to learn leadership isn’t studying “leadership” at all. Instead, study individual leaders in their natural habitat and decide what they do that you want to try. Articles by and about leaders and interviews with them are mini-case studies that show you an actual leader in a real situation.

That’s why, every week, I bring you a selection of post about individual leaders. This week I’m pointing you to pieces by and and about John Stumpf, Joel S. Marcus, Neil Berman, Mike Sicoli, and Rich Kinder.

From John G. Stumpf: Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf on Building Culture

“A company’s culture is rooted in how people behave, so work to find strong team members who are proud to show they care about customers.”

From Adam Bryant: Joel S. Marcus on Taking the Ego Out of Leading

“The chief executive of Alexandria Real Estate Equities talks about the value of trying to let employees persuade you when you’re making decisions.”

From Amy Lynch: 5 questions with tech entrepreneur Neil Berman

“Digital marketing CEO who started his Indy company with just $600 shares thoughts on business success.”

From Kathy Orton: GTT’s new CFO insists he’s not a finance guy

“When Mike Sicoli was growing up, his father teased him, calling him Alex P. Keaton, the Michael J. Fox character from the TV show ‘Family Ties.’ Like Keaton, Sicoli was passionate about business and making money from a young age. He went to William and Mary to play baseball and study economics and then took a job with Andersen (later Accenture). His first chief financial officer position was at the cable firm RCN. When RCN was bought and split into two businesses, Sicoli became the chief executive of the commercial services business, later renamed Sidera. He ran the company for three years before selling it. After working as a consultant for a couple of years, Sicoli joined the cloud networking company GTT Communications in April as its CFO.”

From Chris Helman: Billionaire Rich Kinder On Leadership, Legacy And Energy Security

“After 18 years at the helm of the pipeline giant that bears his name, Richard Kinder is stepping down this summer from his CEO position. To commemorate the occasion, Kinder agreed to sit down for a kind of exit interview. We discussed his legacy, the importance of learning from history, and his thoughts on where the energy industry stands today. This Q&A has been edited for length and clarity.”

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