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True North

George, Bill with Peter Sims. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007.

True North is the internal compass that guides you successfully through life. It represents who you are as a human being at your deepest level. It is your orienting point–your fixed point in a spinning world–that helps you stay on track as a leader. Your True North is based on what is most important to you, your most cherished values, your passions and motivations, the sources of satisfaction in your life.

There is no such thing as the instant leader. Your journey to authentic leadership will take you through many peaks and valleys as you encounter the world’s trials, rewards, and seductions. Becoming an authentic leader takes dedication to your development and growth, as there will be many temptations to pull you off the course of your True North. Maintaining your authenticity along the way may be the greatest challenge you ever face. …