Are you an up-and-coming leader? Do you want to be? The keys to a number of leader's success is in being an authentic leader. Your need to set your personal goals, understand where you want to go and then pick the right path to get you there. True North will help you get there. Bill George, author of Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value and former CEO of Medtronic, interviews hundreds of leaders from corporations, non-profits, and government to help readers understand what most leaders must go through to become stellar leaders. In addition to the interviews, he and co-author Peter Sims illustrate how most leaders do not follow a straight line path to their ultimate leadership role as they go through a series of ups and downs that build upon one another and occasionally take the sharp "right turn" that lands them in the domain best suited for them.
We found this book extremely enlightening and felt that the exercises at the end of each chapter were thought provoking and help build the set of questions to continually challenge your direction.
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, 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 self
- Defining your values and leadership principles
- Understanding your motivations
- Building your support team
- Staying 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 (USC, Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute), Sir Adrian Cadbury (Chairman, Cadbury & Cadbury Schweppes) , George Shultz (former U.S. secretary of state), Charles Schwab, John Whitehead (Co-chairman, 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 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.
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