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Anna Wintour On Her Leadership Style

The Vogue boss says she's hands off

For all the quaking in our boots we've done at the prospect of working with Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor says she's actually not that much of a micro-manager, and doesn't necessarily feel the need to claim ownership over every single thing in the magazine. Speaking to CBS CEO Les Moonves at the WWD CEO Summit, Wintour outlined her leadership approach.

"I don't think I am that hands-on," she said. "I'm much more of a believer in finding a great team of people and trusting them to follow their instincts. They work better when they feel they have freedom and they are trusted. Nothing gives me greater pleasure when a great shoot or a great article comes in and it's absolutely got nothing to do with what we discussed but it's much better." Really?

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In her new role of artistic director at Conde Nast, she'll be overseeing a whole roster of titles, which means that she'll play a broader role to a number of publications at the company.

"In my new role, the thing that is most important to me is to protect and support the editors, because it is a vision of the editor that creates a great magazine and if you don't have that vision working at its fullest strength, the magazine is going to suffer," she said.

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She developed her management approach from her father Charles Wintour, who was an editor at the Evening Standard in London.

"I think possibly what people working for one hate the most is indecision. Even if I'm completely unsure, I'll pretend I know exactly what I'm talking about and make a decision," she said. "The most important thing I can do is try and make myself very clearly understood."


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