1/17/12: By and About Leaders

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I think that one of the best ways to learn leadership isn't studying "leadership" at all. Instead, study individual leaders in their natural habitat and decide what they do that you want to try. That's why, every week, I bring you a selection of posts about individual leaders. This week I'm pointing you to posts about Drew Houston, Anne Finucane, Danny Meyer, Sheri Hickok, and Rebekah Brooks.

From the LA Times: Dropbox inventor determined to build the next Apple or Google
"Drew Houston's wildly popular service allows people to access the latest version of all their digital stuff on any device no matter where they are. Every day 325 million files are saved on Dropbox"

From the NY Times: The Image Officer With a Lot to Fix
"Her co-star on this day, Bill Clinton, is waiting offstage. The audience shifts in its seats. The spotlight goes up and ... action! It’s a Thursday in early December, at a conference center near Orlando, and Ms. Finucane is busy shaping an image. Or, rather, trying to reshape one. This choreographed interview with the former president before a select group of businesspeople is, in fact, part of a much larger effort to rehabilitate one of the most demonized corporations in America. That company is Ms. Finucane’s employer, Bank of America."

From Fast Company: Danny Meyer's Magic Touch: How To Create 4-Star Experiences And Lines Around The Block
"At age 27, Danny Meyer abandoned plans to go to law school and decided to open Union Square Cafe in New York City--a decision about which New York City's food lovers are eternally grateful. In the 25 years since, Meyer has opened 28 restaurants and--incredibly, given the cutthroat nature of the New York restaurant scene, where restaurants open and close more frequently than subway doors--he has only shut one down."

From the Detroit Free Press: Sheri Hickok: Variety honed leadership skills for GM engineer
"In her 16-year career at General Motors, Sheri Hickok has never held a job for longer than a year and a half. Her most recent promotions have put her in charge of areas in which she has little-to-no background."

From Vanity Fair: Untangling Rebekah Brooks
"Rebekah Brooks was running the News of the World at 31, and Rupert Murdoch’s entire British newspaper empire at 41. A virtual member of the Murdoch family, close to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown, and Cameron, she relished her power—until the phone-hacking scandal took her down. Talking to Brooks' former colleagues and friends, Suzanna Andrews uncovers the woman wrapped in the enigma, the keys to her meteoric rise, and the latest object of her incandescent ambition."

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