Summary of True North

Discover Your Authentic Leadership

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True North book summary
Is your moral compass properly aligned? You can't be an authentic leader if it isn't, according to 125 leaders who are.


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Considering the intangible nature of leadership, those who read about it want to know that those who write about it are properly experienced and credentialed. Bill George certainly qualifies. He is a management professor at the Harvard Business School, a member of several corporate boards, and the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, the medical technology stalwart. George, and writer Peter Sims, the founder of an investment company, interviewed 125 leaders to discover what authentic, ethical leadership is all about, what its essence is and what it requires. This book represents the fruits of their enlightened, comprehensive research efforts. getAbstract recommends it to anyone who leads others. George and Sims see leadership as a quest, not a destination. This book is an excellent starting point for your journey.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the business community has experienced a severe crisis of leadership;
  • Why ethical leadership based on sound values is so crucial; and
  • Why "True North," your "internal compass," must become the touchstone of your personal leadership path.


"Testing Values under Pressure"
Jon Huntsman is the founder and chair of the Huntsman Corporation, a $13 billion firm in the chemical industry. In 1972, he went to work for the Nixon administration, eventually joining the staff of Bob Haldeman, President Richard Nixon's powerful...
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About the Authors

Bill George is a professor at the Harvard School of Business. He has extensive executive experience, including serving as a CEO and as a board member for numerous corporations. Co-author Peter Sims, a Stanford M.B.A., co-founded an investment firm.

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