Leadership styles of this year's power players are well worth studying

No longer are CCOs and agency bosses afterthoughts in marketing and communications -- they are key to reputation and business strategies of all types.

It's a mark of the importance of communications to the C-suite and the most senior executives within enterprises — CEOs — that names such as Comcast’s Brian Roberts, WPP’s Martin Sorrell, GE’s Beth Comstock, Ogilvy & Mather’s Miles Young, Waste Management’s David Steiner, and Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan readily provided write-ups of their colleagues in the communications profession for our Power List.

No longer are CCOs and agency bosses afterthoughts in marketing and communications — they are key to reputation and business strategies of all types.

Weber Shandwick’s Andy Polansky deservedly tops the Power List this year, emulating his former boss Harris Diamond, from whom he took over in 2012 when the latter moved to lead IPG’s ad firm McCann Worldgroup.

Diamond’s were big shoes to fill, and there is always speculation when a longtime number two takes over whether that person can step up. But Polansky has silenced doubters in no uncertain terms, taking Weber to even greater heights and becoming PRWeek’s Agency of the Year and Global Agency of the Year for the past two years.

Elsewhere, it’s fascinating to read what Diamond thinks of his old foe Richard Edelman — a relationship defined not only by great competition, but also great mutual respect, which is the way business should be.

I was also interested to read what former FleishmanHillard CEO Dave Senay says about his successor John Saunders and Tim Allan’s thoughts on his first employee at his London-based firm Portland — Rachel Whetstone, now plying her trade on the West Coast at Uber.

These 50 power players are at the top of their game — and their leadership styles are well worth studying.

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