True North: Summary Review

This is a summary review of True North containing key details about the book.

What is True North About?

The book "True North" explores the concept of finding one's personal and professional purpose, values, and beliefs in order to lead a fulfilling and authentic life.

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True North is based on interviews between George (a Harvard Business School professor) and over 125 leaders including David Gergen, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and Sir Adrian Cadbury—discusses the qualities and effectiveness of "authentic leadership" and its viability in the business and political worlds. The book features a foreword by David Gergen discussing the leadership styles of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. True North is part of the Warren Bennis series of business books, and is published by Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley publishing.

Summary Points & Takeaways from True North

Some key summary points and takeaways from the book includes:

* Purposeful Leadership: True North is a guide to finding your personal purpose, or True North, and using it to lead with authenticity and effectiveness.

* Developing Your Leadership Philosophy: The book suggests taking a reflective approach to leadership, by examining one's own values, beliefs, and experiences. This helps leaders develop a clear and consistent leadership philosophy.

* Balancing Ethics and Success: True North emphasizes the importance of balancing ethical considerations with business success, and how this balance can drive long-term, sustainable success.

* Encouraging Authenticity: The book encourages leaders to stay true to their values and beliefs, and to cultivate a corporate culture that supports and celebrates authenticity.

* Emphasizing Servant Leadership: True North highlights the concept of servant leadership, where leaders focus on serving others, rather than simply dictating from the top.

* Building Strong Relationships: The book stresses the importance of strong, positive relationships in leadership, and suggests ways leaders can build and maintain these relationships.

* Fostering a Growth Mindset: True North encourages leaders to embrace a growth mindset, and to seek out new challenges and opportunities for learning and development.

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Who is the author of True North?

Bill George is a Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO, and author of bestselling leadership books: Authentic Leadership, True North, Discover Your True North.

Peter Eagle Sims is a best selling author, co-founder of Giving Tuesday, FUSE Corps, and our very own BLK SHP. In the closing episode of season three, the host of the Black Sheep Podcast sits in the guest chair for the first time.

Book Details

  • Print length: 251 pages
  • Genre: Leadership, Business, Nonfiction

True North Chapters

Chapter 1:The Journey to Authentic Leadership
Chapter 2:Why Leaders Lose Their Way
Chapter 3:Transformation from "I" to "We"
Chapter 4:Knowing Your Authentic Self
Chapter 5:Practicing Your Values and Principles
Chapter 6:What Motivates You to Be a Leader?
Chapter 7:Building Your Support Team
Chapter 8:Staying Grounded: Integrating Your Life
Chapter 9:Leading with Passion and Purpose
Chapter 10:Empowering People to Lead
Chapter 11:Honing Your Leadership Effectiveness

What is a good quote from True North?

Top Quote: “The role of leaders is not to get other people to follow them but to empower others to lead.” - True North Quotes, Bill George

What do critics say?

Here's what one of the prominent reviewers had to say about the book: "Now comes a truly worthwhile look at leadership...this is one of the most important books on leadership in years." — International Herald Tribune

Is True North worth reading?

We give the book a thumbs up. 👍

* The editor of this summary review made every effort to maintain information accuracy, including any published quotes, chapters, or takeaways. If you're interested in enhancing your personal growth, I suggest checking out my list of favorite self-development books. These books have been instrumental in my own personal development and I'm confident they can help you too.

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Chief Editor

Tal Gur is an author, founder, and impact-driven entrepreneur at heart. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living, has led him to found Elevate Society.

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