Authentic Leadership Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value

ISBN-10: 0787975281

ISBN-13: 9780787975289

Edition: 2003

Authors: Bill George
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Description: In the wake of continuing corporate scandals there have been few, if any, CEOs that have stepped forward as models of "doing things right" -- except the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Bill George. George has become the unofficial spokesperson for responsible leadership -- in business, the media, and academia. In Authentic Leadership Bill George makes the case that we do need new leaders, not just new laws, to bring us out of the current corporate crisis. He persuasively demonstrates that authentic leaders of mission-driven companies will create far greater shareholder value than financially oriented companies. During George's twelve-year leadership at Medtronic, the company's market capitalization soared from $1.1 billion to $460 billion, averaging 35% per year. George candidly recounts many of the toughest challenges he encountered -- from ethical dilemmas and battles with the FDA to his own development as a leader. He shows how to develop the five essential dimensions of authentic leaders_ purpose, values, heart, relationships, and self-discipline. Authentic Leadership offers inspiring lessons to all who want to lead with heart and with compassion for those they serve. Bill George 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? Do I really want to devote my talents to business? Authentic Leadership provides a tested guide for character-based leaders and all those who have a stake in the integrity and success of our corporations.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Foreword
Preface: A New Generation of Leaders
Introduction: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
Becoming an Authentic Leader
Leadership Is Authenticity, Not Style
The Transformation of Leaders
Leading a Balanced Life
Building an Authentic Company
Missions Motivate, Dollars Don't
Values Don't Lie
It's the Customer, Stupid!
It's Not Just the CEO
Whose Bottom Line: Customers or Shareholders?
In the Crucible of the Market
Seven Deadly Sins: Pitfalls to Growth
Overcoming Obstacles: Nothing Can Stand in Your Way
Ethical Dilemmas: When in Rome, Don't Follow the Romans
Innovations from the Heart
Acquisitions Aren't Just About Money
Shareholders Come Third
Beyond the Bottom Line
Governance Is Governance
Sticking Your Neck Out
Preparing for Succession ... and Moving On
Epilogue: If Not Me, Then Who? If Not Now, When?
Medtronic Financial Results
Suggested Reading
Acknowledgments
The Author
Index
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