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 Frank Guenzerodt, Jamie Dimon, Rick Phillips, and Mary Barra.
“When Frank Guenzerodt joined Dachser USA as its president and CEO in 2004, this U.S. unit of the German-based global logistics firm was bringing in $11 million annually. By 2016, annual revenues had ballooned to $181 million.”
“With the publication of JPMorgan’s shareholder report, CEO and chairman Jamie Dimon’s distilled wisdom is now on the reading rack. Once again, he demonstrates a cogent worldview that business is one part a race for numbers and at least two parts sensitivity to human nature.”
From David Grossman: Someone to Know: Q&A with Nationwide Chief Communications Officer (CCO) Rick Phillips
“No one I know is more focused on best in class communications that deliver results than Rick Phillips. As Chief Communications Officer for Nationwide, Rick leads the company’s corporate communications program, serving all corporate, staff and business units within the company. He’s constantly motivating his team to think bigger, better and to ensure communications is positively impacting brand, reputation and performance. Rick offers terrific advice on a wide range of topics communicators care about, including the art of providing leaders sound and courageous advice, even when it may not be what they want to hear.”
“Mary Barra is the Chairman and CEO of General Motors, where she envisions a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero traffic congestion. Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist, the top-rated professor at Wharton, and the #1 bestselling author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. He recently hosted Mary at the Wharton People Analytics Conference, where they discussed the power of data, how to transform company culture, and what it means to stick to your values—even when it’s hard.”