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This post is excerpted with permission of the publisher, Wiley, from “Discover Your True North, Expanded and Updated Edition” (August 2015) by Bill George. Copyright (c) 2015 by Bill George. This book is available at all bookstores and online booksellers.

Bill George is a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and former chairman and CEO of Medtronic.

When I graduated from college, I had the naive notion that the journey to leadership was a straight line to the top.[…] Continue Reading »

Before you can earn the right to lead others, you need to “manage” yourself.

I know I’m not the first to use that phrase. Steven Covey wrote about it, and it’s taught in leadership programs such as those at my university.

It’s more than just another nice, pithy little leadership motto. It’s so true! But what exactly does it mean?[…] Continue Reading »

Leadership success stories about superstar managers, brilliant visionaries, and transformative role models proliferate in the media to a point where it appears that industry leaders are minted every moment, and the exceptions are almost the norm. We are subliminally encouraged to emulate their glory.

Inspirational stories can help motivate us as professionals, but it’s important to recognize and contextualize these messages and understand that success is not as ubiquitous or as straightforward as others would lead us to believe.[…] Continue Reading »

What do you think the biggest problem facing leaders today is? Sanjog Aul, host of CIO Talk Radio, asked me that question during an off-air discussion.

The answer is that leaders need to find ways that they deliver value to their stakeholders.

So consider this word equation as a value proposition: Intention + Diligence + Attentiveness = Leadership Value

Intention is what you plan to do.[…] Continue Reading »

Why do some people get ahead and others do not?

That’s the thought-provoking question addressed by authors Kim Zoller and Kerry Preston in the book “Enhancing Your Executive Edge.”

According to the authors, what distinguishes those who succeed in moving up the ladder is their “executive edge,” a presence that projects leadership, confidence, and credibility. I couldn’t agree more![…] Continue Reading »