Frequently, the news highlights the misdoings and grievous errors of leaders who have seemingly lost their sense of morality. Rather it be a militant dictator, foolish politician, or a corrupt CEO, we are consistently shown images of leaders that cause us to wonder how someone devoid of integrity ever garnered power.
This absence of integrity represents a significant challenge that plagues many leaders and is addressed in Bill George’s book True North. Bill George, a former CEO and current Harvard Professor, illustrates numerous successful leaders along with his personal journey to becoming an effective leader.
George claims to obtain the skills to be an effective leader by following his “True North- an internal compass that guides you successfully through life. It represents who you are as a human being at your deepest level.” And “is based on what is most important to you, your most cherished values, your passions and motivations, the sources of satisfaction in your life” (True North, xxiii).
George’s idea that leaders who follow their “True North” will be more likely to garner success and thus become an “Authentic Leader”, which is a leadership style that establishes a leader’s legitimacy through genuine interactions with followers and valued support.
In True North, George describes numerous methods to become a highly effective leader and all the while remain true to who you are as a person. The leadership philosophies expressed in this book are simultaneously genius and sensible, expressing numerous leadership tips. Highlighting some of his tips, here are seven smart tips to becoming an authentic leader derived from the book True North. Continue reading