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George candidly recounts his experiences as chair and CEO of Medtronic, a medical technology producer, and makes a case that we need new, authentic business leaders. The five essential dimensions of "authentic" leaders are purpose, values, heart, relationships, and self-discipline. In the scorched, post-Enron corporate world, this motivational how-to will help developing business leaders find the path to personal and business success. (Best Business Books 2003, Library Journal, March 15, 2004)
George, a former Medtronic CEO, sets the tone early in his book: "Somewhere along the way we lost sight of the imperative of selecting leaders that create healthy corporations for the long term." It would be wonderful if George then provided readers hungry for change with a blueprint for how this could happen; alas, such is not the case. George's thesis - too many CEOs think only in the short term and of the stock price, eventually losing a company's focus in the hurtling pursuit of all Street validation - is not a bad one. His proposal: a call for "authentic leadership," that is, finding a leader who doesn't try to emulate the greats, because such copycatting will never result in authenticity or honest leadership. It all gets a bit fuzzy at times, and George (who BusinessWeek recognized as a top-25 manager in 1998) relies far too much on his experience at Medtronic, a medical technology producer. Although George's company seems a good example of what he's talking about (he once made headlines by boldly declaring "Shareholders come third," after customers and employees), there's not a rigor9ous enough attempt here to make that example universally applicable. Though superbly moral and inspiring, this volume is not as helpful as it could be. (Aug.)
Forecast: With appearances on Meet the Press and Talk of the Nation, George has a recognizable name in the media, and scheduled interviews on NPR and the Charlie Rose Show will only help with book sales. (Publishers Weekly, July 7, 2003)
"There is a great deal of valuable insight in Authentic Leadership. One can only wish that Mr. George had written it five years ago, before so many chief executives led their companies so badly astray." (New York Times, July 27, 2003)
Super easy read with common sense ideas and concepts. Anyone who feels he/she practices leadership using both their heart and mind should read this book.Published 4 months ago by citygirl
I had to read parts of this book for a class I am taking so I have not read the entire book but it seems to be a pretty good book overall and a great read for those who are trying... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Janelle
Excellent book and written in an easy to read and understand manner. Bill George has wonderful observations and suggestions for leaders to implement.Published 21 months ago by Jodi L. Sampson
Bill George's Authentic Leadership Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value is excellent in terms of identifying key elements critical to leading companies through the... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Maria E. Delgado
Great book on maintaining integrity while leading major corporations. Bill's real life experiences helped make this book more realistic. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Je'nique