True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 10, 2010 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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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. 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, 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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User Review  - dasam - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Leadership Is a Journey
1
Leadership with Purpose and Passion
153
Empowering People to Lead
169
Honing Your Leadership Effectiveness
185
The Fulfillment of Leadership
201
B Authentic Leaders Interviewed for True North
209
Leadership Exercises for Each Chapter
219
References
241
Index
247
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About the author (2010)

Bill George is professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School and former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, the world’s leading medical technology company. Under his leadership, Medtronic’s market capitalization grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion, averaging 35 percent a year.  He is the author of the best-selling Authentic Leadership and a board member of Goldman Sachs, Target, and Novartis. George has been recognized as “Executive of the Year” by the Academy of Management Director of the Year” by the National Association of Corporate Directors, and one of Public Broadcasting’s Top 25 Leaders of the Past 25 Years.

Peter Sims established “Leadership Perspectives,” a class on leadership development at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and cofounded the London office of Summit Partners, a leading investment firm.  He was also part of the Deloitte Touche Tomatsu Global Strategy Team and has contributed to numerous publications including the Harvard Business Review.

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