True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

Hardback J-B Warren Bennis

By (author) Bill W. George, By (author) Peter E. Sims, Foreword by David Gergen

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  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 231mm x 28mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0787987514
  • ISBN 13: 9780787987510
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 29,255

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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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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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"memorable and perceptive...a practical, inspiring examination of the executice experience." (Business Week, March 12, 2007) "Now comes a truly worthwhile look at leadership...this is one of the most important books on leadership in years." (International Herald Tribune, April 2007)

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"Just as a compass points toward a magnetic field, your True North pulls you toward the purpose of your leadership. When you follow your internal compass, your leadership will be authentic, and people will naturally want to associate with you. Although others may guide or influence you, your truth is derived from your life story and only you can determine what it should be." --From the Introduction "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.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments. The Authors. Editor's Note (Warren Bennis). Foreword (David Gergen). Introduction: True North. Part One: Leadership Is a Journey. 1. The Journey to Authentic Leadership. 2. Why Leaders Lose Their Way. 3. Transformation From "I" to "We." Part Two: Discover Your Authentic Leadership. 4. Knowing Your Authentic Self. 5. Practicing Your Values and Principles. 6. What Motivates You to Be a Leader? 7. Building Your Support Team. 8. Staying Grounded: Integrating Your Life. Part Three: Empowering People to Lead. 9. Leadership with Purpose and Passion. 10. Empowering People to Lead. 11. Honing Your Leadership Effectiveness. Epilogue: The Fulfillment of Leadership. Appendixes. A Research Study on Development of Authentic Leaders. B Authentic Leaders Interviewed for True North. C Leadership Exercises for Each Chapter. References. Index.