“One of the 25 Best Leadership Books of All-Time.” – Soundview The Leadership Classic, Discover Your True North, expanded for today's leaders
Discover Your True North is the best-selling leadership classic that enables you to become an authentic leader by discovering your True North. Originally based on first-person interviews with 125 leaders, this book instantly became a must-read business classic when it was introduced in 2007. Now expanded and updated to introduce 48 new leaders and new learning about authentic global leaders, this revisited classic includes more diverse, global, and contemporary leaders of all ages. New case studies include Warren Buffett, Indra Nooyi, Arianna Huffington, Jack Ma, Paul Polman, Mike Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others. Alongside these studies, former Medtronic CEO Bill George continues to share his personal stories and his wisdom by describing how you can become the leader you want to be, with helpful exercises included throughout the book.
Being a leader is about much more than title and management skills—it's fundamentally a question of who we are as human beings. Discover Your True North offers a concrete and comprehensive program for becoming an authentic leader, and shows how to chart your path to leadership success.
Once you discover the purpose of your leadership, you'll find the true leader inside you. This book shows you how to use your natural leadership abilities to inspire and empower others to excellence in today's complex global world. Discover Your True North enables you to become the leader you were born to be, and stay on track of your True North.
BILL GEORGE, former CEO of Medtronic, is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he teaches leadership in executive education programs. He was professor of management practice from 2004 to 2014. He is the author of four bestselling books: Authentic Leadership, True North, Finding Your True North, and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, and coauthor of True North Groups with Doug Baker. He serves on the boards of Goldman Sachs, Mayo Clinic, and World Economic Forum, and has served on the board of ExxonMobil, Novartis, and Target.
Start your own journey to discover your True North at www.DiscoverYourTrueNorth.org.
Preface The Remarkable Legacy of Warren Bennis vii
Foreword David Gergen xi
Part One: Your Journey to Leadership 13
1. Your Life Story 15
Lead Story: Howard Schultz, Chair and CEO of Starbucks
2. Losing Your Way 41
Lead Story: Rajat Gupta, Worldwide Managing Director of McKinsey
3. Crucibles 57
Lead Story: Daniel Vasella, Chair and CEO of Novartis
Part Two: Developing as an Authentic Leader 77
4. Self-Awareness 79
Lead Story: Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post
5. Values 103
Lead Story: David Gergen, Harvard Professor and Presidential Advisor
6. Sweet Spot 123
Lead Story: Warren Buffett, Founder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
7. Support Team 142
Lead Story: Tad Piper, Chair and CEO of Piper Jaffray
8. Integrated Life 159
Lead Story: John Donahoe, CEO of eBay
Part Three: Your True North Meets the World 179
9. I to We 181
Lead Story: Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa
10. Purpose 199
Lead Story: Ken Frazier, Chair and CEO of Merck
11. Empowerment 219
Lead Story: Anne Mulcahy, Chair and CEO of Xerox
12. Global Leadership 243
Lead Story: Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever
Afterword Stakeholders in Society 265
Lead Story: Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba
New Leaders Featured in Discover Your True North 275
Participants from the Original Research for True North 277
Where Are They Now? 279
About the Author 293