Time to Let Young Leaders Take Control


No more waiting. It’s time for current leaders to move the next generation of leaders to their rightful place.

A bold statement perhaps, but Bill George, the former CEO of Medtronic and currently a professor of ethics at Harvard Business school has studied leadership for a long time.

Leadership values have changed. “The Baby Boomer’s style of leadership is often not in touch with the current needs of the workforce,” says George. “Employees’ core beliefs are different and the younger leaders that embrace those beliefs need to be moved up in the organization.”

His new book True North: Leading Authentically in Today’s Workplace, Emerging Leaders Edition,provides examples of this type of leadership based on 220 interviews with leaders including Mary Barra, CEO of GM,Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft,  Ken Frazier, former CEO of Merck, Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo and Ursula Burns, former CEO of Xerox.

IndustryWeek talked to George to understand the concepts in his new book and to get his take on a broad range of issues.

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