I’ve been caught up in re-reading school texts for next year, but have really enjoyed making time for Bill George’s leadership treatise, True North, probably the best leadership book I have read in the past year.
What I like most about this book is the genuine assumption that leaders do things for the right reason – and I we understand ourselves, our life stories and what motivates us, we can act in a way that always points our compass to ‘True North’ – that which reflects the best of ourselves and is in line with our beliefs.
Full of stories and examples from real recognisable leaders (Nelson Mandela, Warren Buffett, Ariana Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Jack Ma for example) , True North is incredibly readable. The stories are the warnings and the instruction, with commentary from George helping us to truly explore and inhabit their meaning.
Overall, George wants us to be the best leaders we can, but also to lead the best lives we can. This includes living in conjunction with our values and leaving a legacy of a better world behind us. How many management books truly leave you with permission and encouragement to do this?