September 8, 2003
Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Authentic Leadership
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.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.