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 Tyler Shultz, Mariano Puig, Bob Patel, Razia Richter, and Cindy Robbins.
“Tyler Shultz, who revealed massive fraud inside the blood-testing startup Theranos, spoke at the Business School just ahead of the launch of the new MBA course Executive Ethics, which is preparing students to respond to ethical challenges in the workplace.”
Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story
“Mariano says his father taught him that, ‘In life, there are five stages: the first, learning to do; the second, doing; the third, teaching others to do; the fourth, having others do; and the fifth, which I’m in now, letting others do.'”
“Bob Patel had a plan for his company, LyondellBasell, to ride the U.S. shale boom to unprecedented heights. But as CEO of the Dutch energy giant’s Houston-based operations in America, the veteran petrochemical executive first had some cleaning up to do.”
“Razia Richter explains how a winding career path at Petco helped her win over the C-suite.”
“Cindy Robbins, president and chief people officer at Salesforce, is set to leave the company after 13 years, Fortune has learned. Robbins will depart her role at the end of the month. ‘I’m ready to take a pause and advise organizations, advocate for gender equality, and spend time with my family. I’m looking forward to the next chapter,’ she told Fortune.”
For some ideas about how to get more from this series of posts, check out “Studying Leaders in the Wild.“