Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value / Edition 1

Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value / Edition 1

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by Bill George
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0787969133

ISBN-13: 9780787969134

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Wiley

In the wake of continuing corporate scandals there have been few, if any, CEOs that have stepped forward as models of "doing things right"—except the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Bill George. George has become the unofficial spokesperson for responsible leadership—in business, the media, and academia.

In Authentic Leadership Bill

Overview

In the wake of continuing corporate scandals there have been few, if any, CEOs that have stepped forward as models of "doing things right"—except the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Bill George. George has become the unofficial spokesperson for responsible leadership—in business, the media, and academia.

In Authentic Leadership Bill George makes the case that we do need new leaders, not just new laws, to bring us out of the current corporate crisis. He persuasively demonstrates that authentic leaders of mission-driven companies will create far greater shareholder value than financially oriented companies. During George's twelve-year leadership at Medtronic, the company's market capitalization soared from $1.1 billion to $460 billion, averaging 35% per year.

George candidly recounts many of the toughest challenges he encountered — from ethical dilemmas and battles with the FDA to his own development as a leader. He shows how to develop the five essential dimensions of authentic leaders—purpose, values, heart, relationships, and self-discipline. Authentic Leadership offers inspiring lessons to all who want to lead with heart and with compassion for those they serve.

Bill George helps readers answer vital questions such as: What should I do when my personal values conflict with company business values? How do I make trade-offs between the needs of my customers, my employees, and my company's shareholders? Do I really want to devote my talents to business? Authentic Leadership provides a tested guide for character-based leaders and all those who have a stake in the integrity and success of our corporations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787969134
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
J-B Warren Bennis Series, #18
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
394,981
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xv
Warren Bennis

Preface: A New Generation of Leaders xvii

Introduction: Where Have All the Leaders Gone? 1

Part One: Becoming an Authentic Leader

1. Leadership Is Authenticity, Not Style 11

2. The Transformation of Leaders 27

3. Leading a Balanced Life 45

Part Two: Building an Authentic Company

4. Missions Motivate, Dollars Don't 61

5. Values Don't Lie 71

6. It's the Customer, Stupid! 81

7. It's Not Just the CEO 91

8. Whose Bottom Line: Customers or Shareholders? 101

Part Three: In the Crucible of the Market

9. Seven Deadly Sins: Pitfalls to Growth 109

10. Overcoming Obstacles: Nothing Can Stand in Your Way 117

11. Ethical Dilemmas: When in Rome, Don’t Follow the Romans 127

12. Innovations from the Heart 133

13. Acquisitions Aren’t Just About Money 143

14. Shareholders Come Third 153

Part Four: Beyond the Bottom Line

15. Governance Is Governance 165

16. Sticking Your Neck Out 177

17. Preparing for Succession . . . and Moving On 187

Epilogue: If Not Me, Then Who? If Not Now, When? 197

Medtronic Financial Results 201

Suggested Reading 203

Acknowledgments 207

The Author 209

Index 211

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Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book about leadership that is applicable to business, military and public organizations. The concepts are presented allow the reader to reflect on the organization they are part of and how the leadership of that organization provides a clear vision of the goals that are necessary for the organization to be successful, and how authentic they appear to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.