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Book Title: True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership|
The author of the book: Bill George
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 39.96 MB
Date of issue: March 9th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780787987510
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Reader ratings: 5.9
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OK, my second of three self-help books for the months of October/November.
I came to this book with the utmost level of skepticism and came away with slightly less skepticism. I've seen several cases of people taking "leadership courses" only to become distant and insecurely authoritarian with the team that they must manage. If I were to write a leadership book, it would take a sentence: Don't be an asshole, listen more than talk, admit to being wrong, and lead by example.
Bill George has a slightly more round-about way of arriving at a fairly similar set of recommendations.
The most useful frame that I found throughout the book is the recurring reminder to define one's success oneself, and not just with the usual set of bonuses, raises, promotions, etc. Basically, to focus more on internal validation and less on external validation. The best way to do this, according to George (and I think he's right), is to develop a narrative of who you are, why you do what you do, and what you want to achieve with your life.
Those are three difficult questions. More often than not the resulting narratives become personal marketing campaigns, but they can also become powerful value statements that authentically persuade others to join your mission. The book led me to a lot of journaling … bits of text that will hopefully form parts of my own story of my own professional mission.
It's funny, from 23 until 29-years-old I was always responsible for managing teams of co-workers and yet I didn't really have anyone managing me. For being so young and naive I don't think I did a terrible job, but I certainly could have done better. Now at my new job I don't manage anyone and there are at least two or three people managing me. Still, at 31-years-old, it's more than likely that I'll be managing others in the not-too-distant future. Hopefully I will do so with authenticity and grace.
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