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True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership (edition 2007)

by Bill George, Peter Sims, David Gergen (Foreword)

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Title:True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership
Authors:Bill George
Other authors:Peter Sims, David Gergen (Foreword)
Info:Jossey-Bass (2007), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 251 pages
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A good and thoughtful book that does not try to find a simplistic definition of a leader, but instead asks us to work first on ourselves before offering ourselves to be leaders for a cause beyond our selves. ( )
  dasam | Jun 21, 2018 |
If anecdotes speak to you, then this might be the book for you, because it is almost entirely such. There are some very good points in here: success is cyclical, but trends up if successful in your success (my words); key to leadership is self awareness - emotional intelligence, ethical boundaries; extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and balancing them; support team includes mentors who can provide contrast; integrating your life into your business life (this has always been part of my career development...especially in the military) and knowing there should and will always be trade offs.

I cringed reading that "what is the meaning or purpose of my life" is the "most personal and profound area of leadership development." I hate pyschobabble philosophical BS. fortunately, that's a very small section.

An important facet of leadership - sometimes lost in these "manuals" - is a key element of self: empowering others. The authors frame this well as an internal component. I see a common trap here, though, and that is pegging your style of leadership... A good leader uses multiple styles.

This is a good book and recommended. My recommendation comes with my usual caveat: never take these as gospel...pull the nuggets you need and aggregate with all the other resources available to you and keep looking for more. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
"Shows how antone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader" by using a "Personal Leadership Development Plan" centered in five areas: Knowing your authentic self, Defining your values and leadership principles, understanding your motivations, building your support team, and staying grounded by integrating all aspects of your life.

This book was written by a highly successful CEO, so anyone pursuing a like career would find this interesting and beneficial.
  OHIOCLDC | Jun 25, 2015 |
Great book - lots of stories all centered around 5 keys to an internal compass: Knowing your authentic self, Defining your values and leadership principles, Understanding your motivations, Building your support team, and Staying grounded by integrating all aspects of your life. "If not me, then who? If not now, then when?" ( )
  jpsnow | May 8, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0787987514, Hardcover)

True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today’s top leaders—with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader. True North presents a concrete and comprehensive program for leadership success and shows how to create your own Personal Leadership Development Plan centered on five key areas: Knowing your authentic selfDefining your values and leadership principlesUnderstanding your motivationsBuilding your support teamStaying grounded by integrating all aspects of your life

True North offers an opportunity for anyone to transform their leadership path and become the authentic leader they were born to be.

Personal, original, and illuminating stories from Warren Bennis, Sir Adrian Cadbury, George Shultz (former U.S. secretary of state), Charles Schwab, John Whitehead (Cochairman, Goldman Sachs), Anne Mulcahy (CEO, Xerox), Howard Schultz (CEO, Starbucks), Dan Vasella (CEO, Novartis), John Brennan (Chairman, Vanguard), Carol Tome (CFO, Home Depot), Donna Dubinsky (CEO/cofounder, Palm), Alan Horn (President, Warner Brothers), Ann Moore (CEO, Time, Inc.) and many others illustrate the transitions that shape the type of leaders who will thrive in the 21st century.

Bill George (Cambridge, MA) has spent over 30 years in executive leadership positions at Litton, Honeywell, and Medtronic. As CEO of Medtronic, he built the company into the world’s leading medical technology company as its market capitalization increased from $1.1 billion to $60 billion. Since 2004, he has been a professor at the Harvard Business School. His 2004 book Authentic Leadership (0-7879-7528-1) was a BusinessWeek bestseller. Peter Sims (San Francisco, CA) established “Leadership Perspectives,” a course on leadership development at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and cofounded the London office of Summit Partners, a leading investment firm.

Their Web site is www.truenorthleaders.com.

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"True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today's top leaders--with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader."--Resource description page.… (more)

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