By and About Leaders: 9/1/15

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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 about Joe Denny, Greg Schott, Brad Peters, David Landsman, and Sophie Brochu.

From Steve Blue: How one leader struck gold in a niche market

“Joe Denny, founder and CEO of RailComm, along with six co-founders, struck gold in a niche market by developing computer systems that control, monitor and manage train yards from a centralized location.”

From Adam Bryant: Greg Schott of MuleSoft: Beware the Threats to a Positive Workplace

“Mr. Schott, the C.E.O. of a software company, says poor communication, self-interest and factionalism can destroy a corporate culture that took years to build.”

From Perspectives at SMU: Q&A with Brad Peters, Chairman and Founder, Birst

“The man behind one of Silicon Valley’s leading Cloud Business Intelligence and Analytics firms shares his thoughts on the future of the data business.”

From Andrew Saunders: What’s ex-British diplomat David Landsman doing running Tata in Europe?

“With the task of bringing some unity to a business that has brands as diverse as Jaguar Land Rover, Tetley Tea and Taj Hotels, David Landsman is going to need all the skills he gained as a diplomat.”

From Nicolas Van Praet: Gaz Métro’s Sophie Brochu finds room for altruism in pragmatic approach

“In a way, Sophie Brochu owes her career steering Quebec’s $6-billion energy company Gaz Métro to a plain-talking fisherman in Digby, N.S.”

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