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What’s in it for me? Find your True North and let it guide you toward being a better leader.

Sometimes it seems as if the great leaders of the world are guided by a supernatural hand. They seem too focused, too smart, too right all the time to make decisions like the rest of us, don’t they? Not necessarily. The authors of this book interviewed some 125 great leaders and found that they’re not so different from the rest of us. They have unique qualities that can’t be summed up in a few simple leadership cliches about “vision” or “talent.” Rather, these leaders manage to concentrate on the right things; they know which issues are most important and stay focused on them. How? They follow their True North, that is, the compass that represents who they truly are and guides them to become the best leaders they can be. As these readims show, when the world around you seems in disarray or feels like it’s spinning out of control, your own True North can keep you on track, inspired and true to yourself. Find your True North to become an excellent, authentic leader. In these readims, you’ll learn how a fishing trip suddenly re-motivated the chairman of The Gap; which tear-filled inspiration changed Oprah’s approach to leadership; and why great leaders have the self-awareness to see their own shortcomings.