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The Discover Your True North Fieldbook: A Personal Guide to Finding Your Authentic Leadership, 2nd Edition

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A personal guide for becoming an authentic leader

Whether you are just starting your leadership journey or leading a large organization, The Discover Your True North Fieldbook will help you find your leadership purpose, that internal Compass that provides direction and keeps you oriented—your True North. Through a series of reflective exercises, this Fieldbook helps you become a better leader by learning to be a more authentic one.

This Fieldbook both personalizes and unlocks the central lessons of its companion book, Discover Your True North by Bill George. It shares the most powerful insights that coauthors Nick Craig, Bill George, and Scott Snook have learned from helping more than 10,000 leaders discover and live up to their fullest potential. Each chapter contains potent exercises that help you mine your life story for deep insights and important patterns. As you work your way through these reflections, you will gain a clearer sense of who you are and why you lead—the essence of an authentic leader.

We offer an identity-based approach to leader development. Rather than telling you how to lead, the Fieldbook guides you through an intimate process of personal discovery. By understanding your life story and sharpening your personal narrative, you will discover the unique leader you were meant to be. On the way, you will work through the same lessons taught to MBA students at Harvard Business School, as well as senior executives in many Fortune 100 companies.

The Discover Your True North Fieldbook will help you:

  • Become more self-aware and self-accepting

  • Locate that sweet spot at the intersection of your passions and strengths

  • Identify and lead from your core values when it matters most

  • Build a robust support team to guide you through difficult times

  • Discover your leadership purpose, the essence of who you are, your True North

  • Stay grounded by integrating all aspects of your life

  • Grow as a global leader

  • Help others become authentic leaders

  • To help you actually live your True North, this Fieldbook concludes by offering a rigorous, step-by-step process that generates a customized, behaviorally anchored Personal Leadership Development Plan. This plan not only summarizes and integrates everything you've learned completing this Fieldbook, but does so in a way that supports immediate action and impact. Welcome to your journey toward authentic leadership. Welcome to your True North.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Preface: Why an Updated Fieldbook?
      1. Why This Book Is For You
      2. Discovering Your Authentic Leadership
      3. Using This Fieldbook
      4. Should I Work With Others While Using This Guide?
      5. A Final Word to Users of This Fieldbook
    6. Introduction: Why Authentic Leadership Development?
      1. What Is an Authentic Leader?
      2. How Will This Fieldbook Help You Become an Authentic Leader?
      3. Your Idea of Leadership
      4. No Leader Is Perfect
      5. Learning From Your Leadership Journey
    7. Part One: Examine Your Leadership Journey
      1. Chapter 1: Life Story
        1. Learning From Your Life Story
        2. Authenticity and Effectiveness
        3. Your Journey to Authentic Leadership
        4. Building on Your Story
        5. Key Takeaways
        6. Suggested Reading
      2. Chapter 2: Losing Your Way
        1. On the Hero's Journey
        2. Five Hazards of Leadership Development
        3. Getting Back on Track is a Source of Strength
        4. Key Takeaways
        5. Suggested Reading
      3. Chapter 3: Crucibles
        1. Crucibles
        2. Potential Crucibles
        3. The Story of Your Crucible
        4. Learning From Your Crucible
        5. Key Takeaways
        6. Suggested Reading
    8. Part Two: Discover Your Authentic Leadership
      1. Chapter 4: Develop Your Self-Awareness
        1. Self-Awareness can be Developed
        2. Discovering Your Authentic Self
        3. Self-Acceptance
        4. Feedback Seeking
        5. Learning About Yourself is an Ongoing Process
        6. Self-Awareness is Preparation For Growth
        7. Key Takeaways
        8. Suggested Reading
      2. Chapter 5: Practice Your Values
        1. Values Are Personal
        2. Identifying Values, Principles, and Ethical Boundaries
        3. Leadership Principles: Making Your Values Actionable
        4. Establishing Ethical Boundaries
        5. Values, Principles, and Ethical Boundaries Benefit From Practice
        6. Key Takeaways
        7. Suggested Reading
      3. Chapter 6: Find Your Sweet Spot
        1. Discover Your Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivations
        2. Leadership Strengths
        3. Using Your Sweet Spot
        4. Your Sweet Spot Today
        5. Your Sweet Spot Holds The Key to Your Effectiveness
        6. Key Takeaways
        7. Suggested Reading
      4. Chapter 7: Build Your Support Team
        1. Your Most Important Relationship
        2. Building Your Support Team
        3. Developing a Mentor
        4. Developing Genuine Friendships
        5. Creating a Personal Board of Directors
        6. The Benefits of Your Support Team
        7. Key Takeaways
        8. Suggested Reading
      5. Chapter 8: Integrate Your Life
        1. The Buckets of Your Life
        2. Measuring Success in Your Life
        3. Integrating Your Life
        4. Prioritizing What You Love Doing
        5. Reflecting on Your Journey
        6. Key Takeaways
        7. Suggested Reading
    9. Part Three: Put Your Authentic Leadership into Action
      1. Chapter 9: The Transformation from I to We
        1. The End of the Heroic Leader
        2. Guiding your Leadership Development
        3. Key Takeaways
        4. Suggested Reading
      2. Chapter 10: Lead with Purpose
        1. Rediscovering Your Purpose
        2. Leading With Purpose
        3. Alignment of Individual and Organizational Purpose
        4. A Life of Purposeful Leadership
        5. Key Takeaways
        6. Suggested Reading
      3. Chapter 11: Empower Others to Lead
        1. Empowerment
        2. Five Ways to Build Trust and Mutual Respect
        3. Empowering Others to Lead
        4. Leadership Style—A Contingency Approach
        5. Leadership Style—A Developmental Approach
        6. Key Takeaways
        7. Suggested Reading
      4. Chapter 12: Become a Global Authentic Leader
        1. Accessing Your Global Insights
        2. Awareness, Curiosity, and Empathy
        3. A Life of Global Leadership
        4. Key Takeaways
        5. Suggested Reading
      5. Chapter 13: Create Your Personal Leadership Development Plan
        1. Your Personal Leadership Development Plan
        2. Your True North Is Alive
        3. Suggested Reading
    10. Afterword
    11. Appendix A: Ways to Use This Guide
      1. As an Individual
      2. As A Member of A Group of Peers
      3. As A Member of A Team or As A Team Leader
      4. As A Coach or Mentor
      5. As A Facilitator
      6. As an Educator
    12. Appendix B: Form a Leadership Discussion Group
    13. Appendix C: Course Syllabus for Authentic Leadership Development
      1. Course Purpose
      2. Intellectual Premise and Course Concepts
      3. Book Reading
      4. Leadership Discussion Groups (LDGs)
      5. Authentic Leadership Development Course Plan
    14. About the Authors
    15. End User License Agreement