The first book I chose to kick off my Leadership Series was True North by Bill George. Bill George is best-known as the former CEO of Medtronic, where the company’s market cap grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion during his tenure. When I first encountered this book through a leadership program, I was an emerging leader within a hospital-system. This time, I was in a completely different place in my leadership journey, so I was excited to see if there were any takeaways I missed the first time around. Short answer…ABSOLUTELY!!! Quick summary for those who have never worked through the book personally:
It is never too late or too soon to step-up to leadership
Knowing yourself is so important
Engage people’s hearts and minds behind the organization’s purpose, rather than behind an individual leader
There is no perfect model that you can build to make a leader
The journey to finding your True North is about discovering your authentic leadership
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