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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787975281

ISBN-13: 9780787975289

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Wiley

"Bill George will be remembered as much, perhaps more, for this book, as for his extraordinary leadership achievements over the last four decades."
from the Foreword by Warren Bennis

Leading CEOs and Leadership Gurus Enthusiastically Endorse Bill George's Authentic Leadership

"Anyone interested in how to become an effective leader

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"Bill George will be remembered as much, perhaps more, for this book, as for his extraordinary leadership achievements over the last four decades."
from the Foreword by Warren Bennis

Leading CEOs and Leadership Gurus Enthusiastically Endorse Bill George's Authentic Leadership

"Anyone interested in how to become an effective leader should meet Bill George, former CEO of one of America’s finest companies—Medtronic."
Arthur Levitt, former chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

"Authentic Leadership is a powerful call for genuine and ethical business leadership, made ever more persuasive by Bill George's own extraordinary life."
Walter Mondale, former vice president of the United States

"This is the best book by a business leader that I've ever read!"
John C. Whitehead, former chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs

"Bill George is one of the most successful business leaders of all time."
Richard M. Kovacevich, chairman and CEO, Wells Fargo

"In a time when ethical leadership has more value than ever, Bill George shows us the way with clarity and conviction."
Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership

"Bill George has won a legendary reputation for success and integrity in American enterprise. Read and grow!"
David Gergen, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University, and author of Eyewitness to Power

"I had a wonderful opportunity to learn from Bill George in several business ventures. Here, Bill gives a broader audience a chance to benefit from his wisdom."
Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO, General Electric

"Authentic Leadership is a priceless dialogue with Bill George, unquestionably America’s preeminent steward of corporate integrity. This book is destined to be a classic."
Harvey Mackay, author of Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

"In Authentic Leadership Bill George shows why he is recognized as one of the world’s best corporate leaders."
Hank McKinnell, chairman and CEO, Pfizer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787975289
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
J-B Warren Bennis Series, #138
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
536,513
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxv
Preface: A New Generation of Leadersxvii
Introduction: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?1
Part 1Becoming an Authentic Leader
1.Leadership Is Authenticity, Not Style11
2.The Transformation of Leaders27
3.Leading a Balanced Life45
Part 2Building an Authentic Company
4.Missions Motivate, Dollars Don't61
5.Values Don't Lie71
6.It's the Customer, Stupid!81
7.It's Not Just the CEO91
8.Whose Bottom Line: Customers or Shareholders?101
Part 3In the Crucible of the Market
9.Seven Deadly Sins: Pitfalls to Growth109
10.Overcoming Obstacles: Nothing Can Stand in Your Way117
11.Ethical Dilemmas: When in Rome, Don't Follow the Romans127
12.Innovations from the Heart133
13.Acquisitions Aren't Just About Money143
14.Shareholders Come Third153
Part 4Beyond the Bottom Line
15.Governance Is Governance165
16.Sticking Your Neck Out177
17.Preparing for Succession ... and Moving On187
Epilogue: If Not Me, Then Who? If Not Now, When?197
Medtronic Financial Results201
Suggested Reading203
Acknowledgments207
The Author209
Index211

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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.