Instead of studying leadership, why not spend some time studying leaders and strategies in the wild? You can learn a lot from leadership experts, but you always see the leader and what he or she does through the expert’s personal lens. Supplement that learning with studying real leaders in real life situations and draw your own conclusions. The posts in this series will help you.
Every week I’ll point you to articles by and about real leaders in real situations and to articles about how real companies are faring in the marketplace. Read them. Think about them. Draw your own lessons and conclusions from them. Then try to apply those lessons in your own real life.
This week I’m pointing you to articles about Sergio Ermotti, Ron Shaich, Chris Policinski, Howard Schultz, Kevin Johnson, Jeff Weiner, and Ken Chenault.
“The CEO of UBS, Sergio Ermotti, is a trader at heart. Yet the most recent chapter of his career begins with the investment banker overhauling an investment bank. It’s 2011, and he’s just been named interim chief executive officer of a Swiss bank that’s no longer quite so secretive, that’s still reeling from the financial crisis, and that’s been tarnished by a rogue trader’s $2.3 billion loss.”
“While the title might be tongue and cheek, the insights below are potentially game-changing. Two of America’s most admired CEOs share their principles of success from growing a business to transforming an established enterprise.”
Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story
“While making the rounds promoting the launch of Starbucks’ second season of the coffee chain’s video series ‘Upstanders,’ Executive Chairman Howard Schultz dispelled rumors that he’ll run for President in 2020 and says the company he built has no plans to follow in others’ footsteps and automate Starbucks store workers.”
From CBS News: LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on compassionate leadership, importance of protecting “Dreamers”
“With more than 530 million users, the social networking site LinkedIn is gaining two new members every second. The man behind the company’s success is CEO Jeff Weiner. He joined the company in 2008, and has incorporated compassion into his philosophy of leading his employees.”
“He came in below the radar line as a peacemaker and problem solver. And the problems were enormous. The financial supermarket of Lehman/Shearson American Express stumbled; Visa and MasterCard were bank cards from Bank of America and Citibank that were stealing away consumers. Retailers and restaurateurs revolted rejecting the punishing fee structure and new nations were fighting over the proprietary control of cross border flows of financial data.”