Bill George’s two books, Authentic Leadership and True North, have been enormously helpful to me during my tenure as CEO of Campbell, as I have tried to lift my corporate leadership game to a higher level. For me, the fact that Bill had cultivated the perspective captured in these two books as a successful CEO was very meaningful. I felt that he had “walked a mile in my shoes” and deeply understood the challenges I was facing every day. In particular, his True North model was very helpful to me as I tried to develop a more fully-integrated approach to my leadership profile. Also, as I move into Phase III of my “Journey to Authentic Leadership” (Giving Back), I continue to find this book helpful.
Bill spoke about his journey with our global leadership team one year. I was deeply moved by the authenticity of his remarks. I believe his presentation was one of the highest-rated presentations we have ever had in this forum. It spoke to everyone professionally and personally.