Destiny, with credit to Professor Nettifee brought the book True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership into my life and I want to bring it into the lives of others. More specifically those who may believe they weren’t born with the characteristics or traits to become a leader or those who have not found their passion or purpose in life; their “True North.” The book, written by Bill George and co-author Peter Sims, compiles a series of interviews with 125 managers from Howard Schultz of Starbuck’s to Dan Vasella of Novartis. The interviewees guide readers through their journey to become the leaders they are today; discussing their failures, successes, obstacles, personal tragedies and triumphs. The stories of each manager prove the True
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During our leadership development, we all are tested with difficult situations, but those who have a clear set of values are more prepared to handle them; Sara Lee CEO Brenda Barnes says it best, “I attribute my success to values that were instilled in me in my upbringing, things like honesty, integrity, and treating people with respect. You can’t fake your values. You have to live by them. You are who you are” (87). By knowing our values, principles, ethical boundaries, we will be less pressured to fall off the path of our True North.
What Motivates You to be a Leader? We all have different motivators. Some are extrinsic motivators such as money, attaining power, title, public recognition, social status etc. and some are intrinsic motivators such as personal growth, helping others, making a difference, satisfaction of doing a good job, etc. “The key,” Bill George says, “to developing as an authentic leader is not eschewing your extrinsic motivations but balancing them with intrinsic motivations” (112). We do not have to give up our desire of a good salary, but combining it with an intrinsic motivator such as making a difference in the world will only provide more fulfillment in our work. This section also discusses combining your motivations with your capabilities to find your “sweet spot” of leadership. Bill George sums this section up nicely when he says “Being motivated by something you are not good at will not enable you to succeed as a leader,