Authentic Leadership

Tuesday, 14 October 2008 06:26 by kpotvin

Jeff Dufficy, entrepreneur, Domino's Pizza franchisee and continual source of leadership inspiration, recently referenced the book, True North by Bill George.  I promptly dug it out of the reading pile and moved it to the top.  I'm glad I did.  The topic of leadership has never been more relevant.  With bankruptcies, bailouts and bleak outlooks, companies need the authentic leadership Mr. George, former CEO of Medtronic, espouses.  He writes, "...I described authentic leaders as genuine people who are true to themselves and to what they believe in.  They engender trust and develop genuine connections with others.  Because people trust them, they are able to motivate others to high levels of performance.  Rather than letting the expectations of other people guide them, they are prepared to be their own person and go their own way.  As they develop as authentic leaders, they are more concerned about serving others than they are about their own success or recognition."  Interviews with 125 top leaders supports the positive outcome of this brand of leadership for individuals, companies and wider stakeholders.  True North is worth a read.


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