It sometimes appears as if the world's top leaders are led by a supernatural hand. Don't
they appear to be too focused, too knowledgeable, and too right all of the time to make decisions
like the rest of us? Certainly not. The authors of this book interviewed 125 famous leaders and
discovered that they aren't all that different from us. They possess characteristics that cannot be
summed up in a few basic leadership clichés like "vision" or "talent." Rather, these leaders are
able to focus on the appropriate things; they understand the most critical concerns and remain
focused on them. How? They follow their True North, or the compass that represents who they
are at their core and steers them toward becoming the best leaders they can be. When the world
around you appears to be in disarray or spinning out of control, your own True North can keep
you on track, inspired, and true to yourself, as this book synopsis demonstrates. To become a
great, true leader, find your True North.
Take your life narrative as inspiration and motivation for leadership. Every one of us has a
unique life story influenced by previous relationships and situations. Authentic leaders, on the
other hand, benefit more from these encounters than the rest of us. Authentic leaders are those
who are true to themselves and their ideas and can inspire others to achieve their full potential. In
the end, they care more about helping others than about their own success or notoriety.
Understanding the implications of the main events in your personal story will lead you to your
True North and assist you in finding and focusing on it. As a result, you'll be on your way to
being a real leader. Authentic leaders' stories also give meaning to their lives and inspire them to
make a difference in the world. Money and success don't make genuine leaders forget about
people they've left behind; instead, they instill a feeling of obligation to assist them.
You may lose sight of your inner compass due to self-centeredness. You're more likely to
get derailed from a route to true leadership as you gain notoriety and the incentives that come
with it. Imposters, Rationalizers, Glory Seekers, Loners, and Shooting Stars are the five typical
leaders who are most likely to lose sight of their True North.
Imposters- Self-awareness and self-esteem are lacking, and success is achieved by cunning and brutality. They are politically minded, and once in power, they don't give a damn about how they are portrayed.
Rationalizers- They have a flaw in that they stray from their values. These are the that never take responsibility for their actions and do everything in their power to meet their quotas. Rationalizers put the long-term health of a corporation ahead of their personal short-term advantage.
Glory Seekers- Outward markers of success, such as money, celebrity, glory, power, and praise, encourage them to work for them.
Loners- Their problem is that they have not established personal support structures, such as close relationships or mentors. Consider someone who believes he or she can – and should – be the lone wolf. They are probably unaware that their behavior labels them as a loner because they are so focused on their goals.
Shooting Stars- They ascend too quickly to learn from their mistakes, and they have no time for their families or friends. They are frequently overwhelmed by personal and professional issues as a result of their unexpected climb to power
Authentic leadership entails assisting others in their endeavors. Some leaders believe that
their authority comes from their capacity to persuade others to follow them, however this is a
fallacy. Being a genuine leader isn't about enlisting the help of others to help you get where you
want to go; it's about inspiring others to achieve their full potential. It typically takes a triggering
event for you to grasp the importance of your leadership role. Not every leader is genuine,
someone who follows their "True North" and leads a task with honor. You may establish an
internal compass that will always keep you oriented in the right path by investigating different
areas of your character and motivations.