True North, Emerging Leader Edition: Leading Authentically in Today's Workplace

True North, Emerging Leader Edition: Leading Authentically in Today's Workplace

True North, Emerging Leader Edition: Leading Authentically in Today's Workplace

True North, Emerging Leader Edition: Leading Authentically in Today's Workplace

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A Clarion Call to Emerging Leaders: Step Up and Lead Now!

In True North: Emerging Leaders Edition, renowned leadership expert Bill George and Millennial tech entrepreneur Zach Clayton issue the challenge to emerging leaders—from Gen X to Millennials and Gen Z—to lead their organizations authentically through never-ending crises to make this world a better place for everyone.

Emerging leaders do so by discovering their “True North”—who they are—and then finding their “North Star”—their leadership purpose. To navigate today’s complexities, George and Clayton show emerging leaders how to lead with their hearts, not just their heads, with passion, compassion, and moral courage by being true to their values to reach their full potential as they take on great challenges and navigate complex issues.

Harvard professor Bill George, with four best-selling books to his credit including the timeless classic True North, is the former CEO of Medtronic who established authentic leadership in 2003. He teams up with Zach Clayton, an emerging leader still amid his own leadership development journey, to give emerging leaders the definitive guide for leading in today’s complex world.

The Emerging Leader Edition is filled with dramatic stories from successful leaders such as Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Merck’s Ken Frazier to PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi and General Motors’ Mary Barra, and emerging leaders like OneTrust’s Kabir Barday and Kanbrick’s Tracy Britt Cool of how they overcame great challenges to build highly successful organizations.

The book offers concrete suggestions for:

  • Becoming an authentic leader, equipped to lead inclusively with moral clarity through challenges and crises
  • Cultivating regular introspection to ground yourself with self-awareness, live your values, and use your unique strengths
  • Integrating all aspects of your life—including who you are at home, at work, and in the community
  • Understanding how Millennials are leading more effectively in today’s world
  • Being an inclusive leader prepared to take on fraught issues like stakeholder challenges, racial and sexual equality, and sexual misconduct
  • Knowing when—and how—leaders should speak out on today’s complex public issues

The Emerging Leader Edition of True North is the classic guide for every current and aspiring leader to reach their full, authentic potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119886105
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/30/2022
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 346,425
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

BILL GEORGE is the former Chair and CEO of Medtronic and Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he has taught leadership to MBAs and executives since 2004. He is the author of four bestselling books: Authentic Leadership, True North, Finding Your True North, and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis. True North has been recognized as one of the 25 Best Leadership Books of All-Time. He has served on the boards of Goldman Sachs, Mayo Clinic, ExxonMobil, Novartis, and Target.

ZACH CLAYTON is the founder and CEO of Three Ships, which operates digital marketplace businesses. He leads this fast-growing business with several hundred employees while he and his wife raise four children 5 years old and younger.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
David Gergen

Introduction: A Clarion Call to Emerging Leaders 1

Part One: Discover Yourself 13

1. Your Life Story 15

Lead Story: Kabir Barday, founder and CEO, OneTrust

Emerging Leader: Zach Clayton, founder and CEO, Three Ships

2. Crucibles Shape Your Leadership 37

Lead Story: Ping Fu, cofounder, Geomagic

Emerging Leader: Abby Falik, founder, Global Citizen Year

3. Leading without True North 59

Lead Story: Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO, Facebook

Emerging Leader: Elizabeth Holmes, founder, Theranos

Part Two: Develop Yourself 79

4. Develop Self-Awareness 81

Lead Story: Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Emerging Leader: Davis Smith, founder and CEO, Cotopaxi

5. Live Your Values 103

Lead Story: Ken Frazier, CEO, Merck

Emerging Leader: Jonathan Kelly, founder, Asymmetric

6. Find Your Sweet Spot 121

Lead Story: Warren Buffett, founder, Berkshire Hathaway

Emerging Leader: Tracy Britt Cool, cofounder, Kanbrick

7. Lead an Integrated Life 139

Lead Story: John Donahoe, CEO, Nike

Emerging Leader: Martha Aronson, senior vice president, Ecolab

Part Three: Lead People 161

8. I to We 163

Lead Story: Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa

Emerging Leader: Anjali Sud, CEO, Vimeo

9. Your North Star 177

Lead Story: Hubert Joly, CEO, Best Buy

Emerging Leader: Rye Barcott, cofounder and CEO, With Honor

10. The Leader as Coach 199

Lead Story: Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors

Emerging Leader: Robert Reffkin, CEO, Compass

Part Four: Navigate Today's Challenges 223

11. Inclusive Leadership 225

Lead Story: Ursula Burns, CEO, Xerox

Emerging Leader: Murisiku Raifu, MD, founder, Talamus Health

12. Leading in Crisis 245

Lead Story: Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo

Emerging Leader: Jenn Hyman, CEO, Rent the Runway

13. The Moral Leader 263

Lead Story: Chip Bergh, CEO, Levi Strauss

Emerging Leader: Brad Smith, founder, Russell Street Ventures

References 281

About the Authors 289

Acknowledgments 291

Index 293

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"With great clarity and insight, Bill George and Peter Sims make a persuasive argument that the journey toward authentic leadership—that finding and pursuing your own True North—is the key to leadership in all fields, whether in business, government, or the nonprofit arena."
—From the Foreword by David Gergen 

"In True North, Bill George once again provides a roadmap for leadership in the 21st Century. The future belongs to leaders who want to win, without ever losing track of their own values. We live in a day when the best people can work anywhere. They will follow only authenticity—a person who leads with passion and purpose."
—Jeff Immelt, CEO, General Electric

"True North is an awe-inspiring gift to the world. The 125 men and women whose leadership journeys are so beautifully rendered in this book show us that we can have enormous impact without compromising our values—indeed, that we are more successful when we stay true to our ideals. Every aspiring leader (or leader who aspires to become even better) will draw strength and wisdom from this wonderful book."
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End

"True North is about the power of authentic leadership. Great leaders are defined by a sense of passion and purpose and by a profound desire to make a difference. Anyone can find their own True North, if you care deeply and love what you do. This book is a wonderful roadmap for how to get started on the journey."
—Andrea Jung, chairman and CEO, Avon Products, Inc.

"If you want to move your leadership in the right direction, read True North. Drawing on the personal stories of some of the world’s most effective leaders, the book shows that you become a successful leader when you stay on course with your highest self."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

"True North provides a new leadership paradigm and a window into the stories and approaches of dozens of our nation’s best leaders.  It is an inspirational, invaluable source of guidance for those who want to make a significant impact."
—Wendy Kopp, president and founder of Teach for America

"True North reveals just how powerful authentic leadership can be and, best of all, how to achieve it."
—Warren Bennis

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