April 16, 2008

Book Review - True North

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership
Bill George with Peter Sims
HD 57.7 .G4582 2007

This book asserts that anyone can become an authentic leader by following their "internal compass." George lays out a self-development plan for leaders, stressing in the first part of the book that leadership is a journey and growth process. In the second part, he presents anecdotes that demonstrate how some successful leaders got to know themselves inside. Key traits, George asserts, are determining your inner values and principles, what motivates you, having a supporting team of close friends, and integrating and balancing work with life outside of work. In the third section, George focuses on skills that make leaders effective. Most important of these is empowering others. This book will be valuable to everyone who reads it because it will make them more conscious of their inner self and encourage them to lead regardless of their position on an organizational chart.