By and About Leaders: 9/9/14

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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 Yves Carcelle, Michael Bloomberg, Ken Ungar, Jack Ma, and S. Truett Cathy.

From Andrew Shipilov: Yves Carcelle: Man of Passion

“The charismatic leader credited with turning Louis Vuitton into a global fashion powerhouse in his 23 years at the helm, passed away on Sunday August 31, 2014.”

From Jena McGregor: At Bloomberg, an unsurprising return of the king

“The announcement Wednesday night that Michael Bloomberg is returning to lead his namesake company is being called a stunning reversal and a surprise move. Yet in a way, it really shouldn’t be.”

From Jill Phillips: 5 questions with: Ken Ungar

“Ungar launched U/S Sports Advisors in 2006. He previously was senior vice president at Indy Racing League, where he was instrumental in the development of Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.”

From David Barboza: The Jack Ma Way

“Alibaba, started by Jack Ma in 1999, is about to sell shares in the United States that could value the company at about $160 billion.”

From Kim Severson: S. Truett Cathy, Chick-Fil-A Founder, Dies at 93

“Mr. Cathy, who died on Monday at 93, was by all appearances a humble Christian man from Georgia with little education who sold a simple sandwich: a breaded, boneless chicken breast on a soft, white, buttered bun with nothing more than a couple of pickles for garnish.”

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