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September 8, 2003

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Authentic Leadership

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 8:22 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Authentic Leadership : Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value by Bill George, John Wiley & Sons, 217 Pages, $27.95 Price, August 2003, ISBN 0787969133
Bill George, the former CEO of Medtronic, a leading medical technology company, has written a book that I think really does come from the bottom his heart. Authentic Leadership is Georges call to corporate America for a new kind of mission-driven leadership instead of financially-driven leadership.
George plots out five dimensions of Authentic Leadership: Purpose, Values, Heart, Relationships, and Self-Discipline. Often times using examples from his own life at Medtronic, he shows why and how the five dimensions are necessary to be a genuine and effective leader that gets the job doneand with pride, ethics, and integrity.
What I really like about Authentic Leadership is that the strategies offered in this book are easy to follow and can be used right away. Plus, Georges plan for a mission-driven organization can be applied to any business large or small, retail or service oriented, for-profit or non-profit. His focus is on being a leader, not how to act like one. I especially like the title of Chapter One: Leadership Is Authenticity, Not Style. Thats really true. By the end of the book, I felt I had the knowledge necessary to really be a leader.
This book is a perfect airplane read because of its easy style and clear points. And when youre done with Authentic Leadership, theres a great list of Georges recommended reading titles in the back that may provide even more insight on how to become an authentic leader.