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Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    purpose, values, heart, relationships, and self-discipline.

    Yes, these ingredients for leadership are included in every leadership book and seminar. If you want to do more than lead, but OPTIMIZE your leadership, I suggest Optimal Thinking by Rosalene Glickman, where the leader learns how to be their best regardless of the cirumstances, create the best results and bring out the best from others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    Business values we need, right now

    This book shows that business values most say are key but few follow -- long term growth, caring about employees and customers, and ethics --really can be combined to create a great company. Bill George is a real life CEO, not a therorist. His story of his career and the buliding of Medtronic is very interesting in itself and surprisingly personal in some aspects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    A book that is relevant to our time...

    Bill George¿s book is a powerful challenge ¿ to individuals and to organizations. What¿s more, it helps that it does not come from a celebrity CEO ¿ this is from someone who has achieved enormous success and recognition, but for all the right reasons. For the individual, the book is demanding because it shifts the responsibility directly back to the reader ¿ no quick solutions or ¿how to be a leader in 10 easy steps¿. The simple, but powerful notion of authenticity - to be yourself - is one that is all too easy to gloss over. Faced with complex academic models on leadership and even more complex corporate notions of leadership using long lists of required traits, it is often difficult for the up and coming leader to discover and develop the unique aspects of personality. What could be more daunting in our world of idealized celebrities and leaders to be told to `be yourself¿? In that sense, this book is a challenge to so much of our corporate and educational culture. From an organizational perspective, this book goes closely with Jim Collins¿ work. The case for the mission and values driven company with a longer term strategic horizon has been provided with new and powerful evidence. George, as CEO, provides the practitioner¿s perspective to sit along side the research of Collins. In not being a recipe book for leadership, the book requires time to think and reflect after reading. I suspect you won¿t reach the end of the book, shut it closed and say, ¿ I got it - I now know what to do!¿ It may in fact raise more questions and require working with George¿s model of authenticity over time. So if you want a quick fix, this is not the book for you. But if you want to be stimulated to think about your life, your leadership and the company you work for, this book is highly recommended.

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