Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 6/27/17

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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 Tom Enders, Satya Nadella, Jack Welch, Mary Barra, and Rich Lesser.

From Industry week: Aviation Poised for ‘Third Revolution’: Airbus Boss

“The aerospace industry is on the brink of a ‘third revolution’ and Airbus boss Tom Enders is determined his giant company will play a leading role in its future.”

From Business Insider: We sat down with Microsoft’s CEO to discuss the past, present and future of the company

“Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft in February of 2014, and in the three years since he has succeeded in turning around what was then a stumbling, aimless company. He recently stopped by Business Insider’s Poland office and spoke with us about the past, present and future of Microsoft.”

From James B. Stewart: Did the Jack Welch Model Sow Seeds of G.E.’s Decline?

“For Fortune magazine in 1999, Jack Welch, then General Electric’s chief executive, wasn’t just the country’s best executive, or the manager of the year, but nothing less than the best manager of the 20th century, ‘far and away the most influential manager of his generation.’ Mr. Welch himself was more circumspect. ‘My success will be determined by how well my successor grows it in the next 20 years,’ he said at a management conference that year. Eighteen years later, with this week’s announcement that Mr. Welch’s handpicked successor, Jeffrey R. Immelt, would step down as G.E.’s chief executive, the verdict would appear to be in.”

From Dale Buss: Era of Barra: 4 Lessons from the GM Chief’s Tenure So Far

“Mary Barra has been CEO of General Motors for just three years, but already there is a mountain of lessons for other chiefs in how she has managed not only to survive but to thrive in one of the highest-profile positions of any global business leader—not to mention one of the loftiest perches for any female executive.”

From Wharton: Taking the Reins: How One CEO Transformed His Consulting Firm

“Not many of today’s CEOs can say they’ve spent nearly their entire career at their firm, but Boston Consulting Group’s Rich Lesser has. February marked his 30-year anniversary with BCG. Lesser took the helm in 2013 of the Big Three strategy consulting firm, now with 85 offices in 48 countries.”

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