True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership (J-B Warren Bennis Series) [Hardcover] Paperback – 2007
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What we have in True North is a further development of George's concept of authentic leadership but also a rigorous, revealing, and rewarding analysis of what George and Sims learned during their interviews of more than 100 leaders. Most of their names were previously unfamiliar to me, although all are eminently worthy of the attention they receive. (That's a key point: Many - too many - studies of "leadership" limit their attention to C-level executives - usually "celebrity CEOs" -- when, in fact, authentic leadership is needed at all levels and in all areas of an organization, whatever its size and nature may be.Read more ›
True North starts the reader on a journey of leadership development to understand the key traits of authentic leadership: purpose, values, heart, relationships and self-discipline. George encourages the reader to develop his/her internal compass built around:
* Self-Awareness: What is my story? What are my strengths and developmental needs?
* Values: What are my most deeply held values? What principles guide my leadership?
* Motivations: What motivates me? How do I balance external and internal motivations?
* Support Team: Who are the people I can count on to guide and support me along the way?
* Integrated Life: How can I integrate all aspects of my life and find fulfilment?
With the discovery of a leader's personal True North, he/she is then set up to start the process of defining their purpose and passion and using these to empower other leaders. This transformation marks out truly effective leadership, with results that are visible to all.Read more ›
It is also inspirational in places; however, I am left with what feels like a collection of random cameos of leadership wisdom, which in themselves are useful, but together lack cohesion. If the book is trying to say `look, the world of leadership is very complex, random and idiosyncratic' then it achieves this very well but if they are trying to provide direction in such a world then the book clearly fails.
There is no framework for potential leaders to follow, the authors only state that if you know your true north and your values you can be authentic, which is about as useful as a chocolate teapot at a tropical tea party.
If you are a successful leader already I dare say you would agree with most of this book but if you are an aspiring leader then providing the compass without a map is very cruel.
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Excellent inspiring book that really got me thinking about who I really am and how I want to be remembered.Published on 5 May 2014 by Mrs. Y. B. Otaru
Very worth reading to enhance your Leadership and very enlightening I strongly recommend a read of this outstanding book, inspirationalPublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by David Lloyd
Interesting read on the train, but unfortunately, the message isn't supported by guidelines, etc. Just examples of succesful people, talking about how they are mixing personal &... Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2012 by CD