First Friday: Bill George on Authentic Leadership
The First Friday Speaker Series kicked off its 2022-23 season Oct. 7 with a conversation on authentic leadership between business leader and bestselling author Bill George and Dr. MayKao Hang, vice president of strategic initiatives and founding dean of the Morrison Family College of Health. The college is the recent recipient of a $500,000 grant awarded by the George Family Foundation, where George is co-chair with his wife, Penny.
George is also a senior fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. A past chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic, he is the author of numerous books on leadership, including this year’s True North: Emerging Leader Edition. His first book, Authentic Leadership, was published in 2003, soon after he left his CEO role at the medical technology company.
Here are five observations from the First Friday Speaker Series conversation.