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 Maria Colacurcio, Reid Hoffman, Matt Stevens, Jim Goodnight, and Arne Sorenson.
From Maria Colacurcio: I’m a successful CEO and mother of 6. Here’s how parenting made me a better leader
“I cofounded a (now) successful and publicly traded software company. But it wasn’t always that way.”
“An early passion for science fiction and board games led to an influential career in technology.”
“Unlike most chief executives, Matt Stevens always wanted to be a CEO. He took the tech route to the job, starting out as CTO before becoming CEO of network performance monitoring company AppNeta in 2014. Since then, he has put some interesting programs in place to keep employees aligned and engaged.”
“So, Goodnight left North Carolina and moved to Florida to take a position with General Electric. But it wasn’t just any engineering job that he took. Instead, he was working on a project for NASA’s Apollo program, the country’s ambitious effort to send humans to the moon.”
From Chief Executive: Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson On Navigating Complexity and Learning From Bill Marriott
“At a gala dinner at the Nasdaq Marketsite in New York on July 25, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson was honored as our 2019 Chief Executive of the Year. In accepting the honor, Sorenson spoke about what he learned from 1988 CEO of the Year, Bill Marriott; the role his team has played in making his company more successful; the power that comes with being a CEO; and the emerging complexities of the CEO job in these uncertain times. Below is an excerpt from his speech.”
For some ideas about how to get more from this series of posts, check out “Studying Leaders in the Wild.“