12/11/12: 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. Articles by and about leaders and interviews with them are mini-case studies that show you an actual leader in a real situation.

That's why, every week, I bring you a selection of post about individual leaders. This week I'm pointing you to posts by and about Tim Cook, Tony Tjan, Hunter Harrison, Vu Lam, Justin Rattner, and Samir Brikho.

From Business Week: Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks
"Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free. “He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook. “‘Just do what’s right.’ He was very clear.” In Cook’s first 16 months on the job, Apple has released next-generation iPhones and iPads and seen its stock price rise 43 percent. Though it hasn’t yet expanded into new product categories (still no Apple TV set), the company has changed in significant ways, largely because of Cook’s calm and steady influence. In his most wide-ranging interview as CEO, Cook explains how Apple works now, talks about the perception that he’s “robotic,” and announces the return of Apple manufacturing to the U.S."

Note: You can find four more articles about Tim Cook in my most recent Leadership Reading to Start Your Week.

From the NY Times: Tony Tjan of Cue Ball, on Accepting New Ideas
"This interview with Tony Tjan, chief executive of Cue Ball, a venture capital firm based in Boston, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant."

From the Globe and Mail: CP’s Hunter Harrison: ‘There is a new sheriff in town’
"It has been 16 months since Hunter Harrison, the crusty, Memphis-born railway legend hauled himself to a New York museum he can’t remember for a business lunch he’ll never forget."

From the NY Times: Vu Lam, of KMS Technology, Left Vietnam and Returned
"Vu Q. Lam is the founder and C.E.O. of KMS Technology, a software development company in Dublin, Calif."

From the Wall Street Journal: Q&A: Intel Tech Chief Rattner Peers Into the Future
"What does the future of computing look like? Justin Rattner has a better inkling than most. As chief technology officer of Intel Corp. INTC +2.85%, Mr. Rattner directs research efforts at the world’s largest chip maker."

From INSEAD: How to Succeed in Business
"Have fun, hold onto the stair rail, and communicate well – advice from the executive [Samir Brikho] who transformed formerly sleepy U.K.-based engineering firm AMEC plc into one of the best-performing companies on the London Stock Exchange in just six years."

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