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 Tony Thompson, Neha Sampat, Anthony Bay, Susan Story, and David Girodat
“Tony Thompson has been president and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. for about 90 days. The former Papa John’s International executive this week laid out early plans for how he intends to capitalize on the growth potential of the 77-year-old Krispy Kreme and take the company beyond its sweet-treat namesake.”
“Neha Sampat is not your typical tech CEO: She runs a team of web developers at the cloud software firm Raw Engineering, but unlike most of her staff, she hasn’t had an ounce of technical training. With degrees in French and mass communications, she’s more adept at writing poetry than code. Yet Sampat rose through the ranks in tech PR, then pivoted into product marketing before landing the top job at the tech company. Her unconventional background hasn’t prevented her from rising to the top of her industry: in fact, it’s arguably the secret to her success.”
“One of the chief crusaders for the future of music is a failed bass player.”
“A chief executive says that throughout her career, she has always seen part of her work as ‘looking around for what’s not getting done that would bring value.'”
“In an interview, the 51-year-old banker talked about the Cincinnati-based bank’s strategy to attract customers and grow in Michigan by raising its profile in the community — and he detailed his own rise through the corporate ranks.”