Friday, February 01, 2008

True North and Authentic Leadership

Major snow storm here today seems to have died down although the sheer volume of the continued snow is presenting challenges.

Most leaders constantly search for the right direction. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership by Bill George and Peter Sims explores the question by interviewing over 100 leaders.

It is becoming more popular to create memorability by telling stories and this is a book that definitely uses stories.

His previous book Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value was very insightful. This one was interesting also but different. I would read his first book first. It makes you see more easily why the second book was written. Although True North is certainly readable on its own.

Rolf Dobelli or getabstract wrote on Amazon:

Considering the intangible nature of leadership, those who read about it want to know that those who write about it are properly experienced and credentialed. Bill George certainly qualifies. He is a management professor at the Harvard Business School, a member of several corporate boards, and the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, the medical technology stalwart. George, and writer Peter Sims, the founder of an investment company, interviewed 125 leaders to discover what authentic, ethical leadership is all about, what its essence is and what it requires. This book represents the fruits of their enlightened, comprehensive research efforts. We recommend it to anyone who leads others. George and Sims see leadership as a quest, not a destination. This book is an excellent starting point for your journey

A good read for anyone trying to discover their True North.


At 8:22 AM, Blogger Stuart R. Crawford said...

Hi Jim

I hope you guys are digging out today, I was supposed to fly through Toronto last night on a return flight home, however, I am still in Minneapolis.

I have an alternative flight now through Denver which can also present challenges in the Winter.

Needless to say, I accomplished a lot of tasks that have been piling up.


Stuart Crawford
in Minneapolis, MN


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