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Indy's best leaders

March 2, 2009

Conseco has seen a string of leaders since the company began to stumble and co-founder Steve Hilbert stepped down nearly nine years ago. The insurer still doesn’t have its footing, saying today its auditors aren’t convinced it can stay afloat. Now Jim Prieur is trying to pull it up, and it remains to be seen whether he will succeed.

Top people are critical. You’ve no doubt seen places stocked with plenty of second-tier talent that never reach their potential. Some leaders cause organizations to thrive despite a lack of talent beneath them, and still others assemble great teams and thrive.

So this might be a good time to assess who’s the best in the Indianapolis area at the business of leadership.

Here are a couple of names to start the discussion. Exact Target is going gangbusters under Scott Dorsey. And David Simon has navigated Simon Property Group around much of the devastation in retailing.

Nominations, anyone? Other thoughts?

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