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Comparing Leaders from the Sofa: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad & Jack Ma

If you study leadership–yesterday was a great day to watch television.

Sometimes we have a unique opportunity to compare the voice of two different leaders. Last night I watched to interesting interviews which I think should be examined by any student of leadership. Take a look.

As you watch these videos, what does it tell you about leadership–its pros, cons, culture, ideology, rhetoric, style, etc.. I think you’ll find it relevant.

Part 1: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

First, Larry King interviews Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It was a fascinating take on leadership, ideology, and world view.

Part 2: Jack Ma

Next, watch Charlie Rose interview Jack Ma, the owner of–China’s e-commerce hub.

Jack Ma admits he doesn’t know too much about technology, but he says he makes up for it by hiring smart people who can make technology work for them. He is also focused on keeping operations lean, efficient, and value focused.

When you listen to Jack Ma notice how he has very carefully and clearly chosen who he wants to spend his time with. A different style than the Larry King interview.

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