Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value (J–B Warren Bennis Series)

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Helps readers answer vital questions such as: What should I do when my personal values conflict with company business values? How do I make trade-offs between the needs of my customers, my employees, and my company's shareholders? And, do I really want to devote my talents to business?

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“...even sceptics will like the book’s balanced tone...” ( Management Today, Feb. 2005)

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)



“...even sceptics will like the book’s balanced tone...” ( Management Today, Feb. 2005)

"A great deal of valuable insight.... One can only wish that Mr. George had written it five years ago." (New York Times, July 27, 2003)

"This motivational how–to will help developing business leaders find the path to personal and business success." Library Journal, "(Best Business Books 2003, 3/15/04)

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"Bill George will be remembered as much, perhaps more, for thisbook, as for his extraordinary leadership achievements over thelast four decades."
--from the Foreword by Warren Bennis

Leading CEOs and Leadership Gurus Enthusiastically EndorseBill George's Authentic Leadership

"Anyone interested in how to become an effective leader shouldmeet Bill George, former CEO of one of America's finestcompanies--Medtronic."
--Arthur Levitt, former chairman, U.S. Securities andExchange Commission

"Authentic Leadership is a powerful call for genuine andethical business leadership, made ever more persuasive by BillGeorge's own extraordinary life."
--Walter Mondale, former vice president of the UnitedStates

"This is the best book by a business leader that I've everread!"
--John C. Whitehead, former chairman and CEO, GoldmanSachs

"Bill George is one of the most successful business leaders ofall time."
--Richard M. Kovacevich, chairman and CEO, WellsFargo

"In a time when ethical leadership has more value than ever, Bill George shows us the way with clarity and conviction."
--Daniel Goleman, author of EmotionalIntelligence and Primal Leadership

"Bill George has won a legendary reputation for success andintegrity in American enterprise. Read and grow!"
--David Gergen, Center for Public Leadership, HarvardUniversity, and author of Eyewitness to Power

"I had a wonderful opportunity to learn from Bill George inseveral business ventures. Here, Bill gives a broaderaudience a chance to benefit from his wisdom."
--Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO, GeneralElectric

"Authentic Leadership is a priceless dialogue with BillGeorge, unquestionably America's preeminent steward ofcorporate integrity. This book is destined to be a classic."
--Harvey Mackay, author of Swim with the SharksWithout Being Eaten Alive

"In Authentic Leadership Bill George shows why he isrecognized as one of the world's best corporateleaders."
--Hank McKinnell, chairman and CEO, Pfizer

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