Book Review – Jigme Sherab

‘Authentic Leadership – Rediscovering the Secret to Creating Lasting Value’ is written by Bill George, a former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of Medtronic, the world’s leading medical technology company. The book seeks to explore and rediscover the secrets of becoming an authentic leader. The author touches on various aspects of leadership ranging from the challenges faced by the leader to be able to lead with passion. To unraveling one’s weakness, in pursuit of understanding the purpose of striking a balance between personal and professional.

The author has openly touched upon some of the challenges he had faced – from ethical dilemmas and battles with his traits as a leader. Subsequently, he demonstrates the development of the five dimensions (qualities that true leaders must develop) of authentic leaders – Relationships, heart, values, self-discipline, and purpose. In simple terms, “the one essential quality a leader must have is to be your person, authentic in every regard”.
In other words, to become an authentic leader, one has to be able to discover one’s true self and project it in the most authentic manner possible. One cannot supposedly lead others if one is not true to oneself. When you discover your inner core and align yourselves to it, then only can you think of leading the masses. That is the very essence of authentic leadership.
As I was reading, my attention was drawn by chapter three, page 45-46: “Leading a Balanced Life”. A balanced life makes a better leader and a better leader should develop a healthier organization.

In Authentic Leadership, the author makes the case that we don’t need new leaders, nor new laws, to bring us out of the current corporate crisis. He convincingly demonstrates that authentic leaders of mission-driven companies will create far greater shareholder value than financially oriented companies. And that is why I would recommend this book to all prospective readers who want to become leaders in their lives.

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October 9th, 2019 by