Emerging Leader




A Clarion Call to Emerging Leaders:
Step Up and Lead Now!

In True North: Emerging Leaders Edition, renowned leadership expert Bill George and Millennial tech entrepreneur Zach Clayton issue the challenge to emerging leaders—from Gen X to Millennials and Gen Z—to lead their organizations authentically through never-ending crises to make this world a better place for everyone.

Emerging leaders do so by discovering their “True North”—who they are—and then finding their “North Star”—their leadership purpose. To navigate today’s complexities, George and Clayton show emerging leaders how to lead with their hearts, not just their heads, with passion, compassion, and moral courage by being true to their values to reach their full potential as they take on great challenges and navigate complex issues.

Harvard professor Bill George, with four best-selling books to his credit including the timeless classic True North, is the former CEO of Medtronic who established authentic leadership in 2003. He teams up with Zach Clayton, an emerging leader still amid his own leadership development journey, to give emerging leaders the definitive guide for leading in today’s complex world.

The Emerging Leader Edition is filled with dramatic stories from successful leaders such as Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Merck’s Ken Frazier to PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi and General Motors’ Mary Barra, and emerging leaders like OneTrust’s Kabir Barday and Kanbrick’s Tracy Britt Cool of how they overcame great challenges to build highly successful organizations.

The book offers concrete suggestions for:

  • Becoming an authentic leader, equipped to lead inclusively with moral clarity through challenges and crises
  • Cultivating regular introspection to ground yourself with self-awareness, live your values, and use your unique strengths
  • Integrating all aspects of your life—including who you are at home, at work, and in the community
  • Understanding how Millennials are leading more effectively in today’s world
  • Being an inclusive leader prepared to take on fraught issues like stakeholder challenges, racial and sexual equality, and sexual misconduct
  • Knowing when—and how—leaders should speak out on today’s complex public issues

The Emerging Leader Edition of True North is the classic guide for every current and aspiring leader to reach their full, authentic potential.

About Bill George

Bill George is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic.  He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was chief executive officer from 1991-2001, and board chair from 1996-2002. He is currently a senior fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004.

Bill is the author of: Discover Your True North and The Discover Your True North Field book, Authentic Leadership, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis True North, Finding Your True North, and True North Groups. He served on the boards of Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil, Novartis, Target, and Mayo Clinic.

He received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Mayo Medical School, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College and Bryant University.

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton is CEO of Three Ships, which he founded in 2009.  Three Ships owns more than a dozen marketplace websites such as Sleepopolis and HouseMethod that help consumers buy with confidence. 

Zach is a “digital lifer.” He has worked with leading private equity firms and more than 50 private equity-backed clients, advising investors, CEOs, and CMOs on digital strategy.

Zach holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Zach currently serves on the board of the Dix Park Conservancy, the board of With Honor, and the board of the UNC General Alumni Association.


The Emerging Leader Edition of True North bids to be a classic, as the successor to the leadership work of Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis, standing alongside Drucker’s The Effective Executive and Bennis’s On Becoming a Leader. I salute Bill on his best book.

Foreword by David Gergen

Author, Hearts Touched by Fire, and Advisor to four U.S. Presidents

Bill George shares with us his unique and beautiful perspective on leadership in the 21st century. His immense wisdom is incredibly timely and more relevant than ever. It will no doubt help every emerging leader, as well as established leaders. An indispensable companion for all of us.

Hubert Joly

Former Best Buy CEO; Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School; Author, The Heart of Business

At a time when many of society’s challenges lay at the feet of corporate America, Bill George is an important voice on courageous leadership. The original True North is an essential playbook for executives who aim to lead with their values. I am grateful to contribute to this Emerging Leader Edition for the next generation.

Mellody Hobson

Co-CEO and President, Ariel Investments; Chair, Starbucks

We need courageous and authentic leaders at all levels. The Emerging Leader Edition of True North is an essential companion for anyone who aspires to make a positive difference in a world where trust and authenticity are the defining characteristics of great leaders.

Paul Polman

CEO of Unilever; Author, Net Positive

In the Emerging Leader Edition of True North, Bill George captures the practice and value of skilled and motivated authentic leaders working together on a strategy and a plan to deliver a compelling vision. It’s a must-read! Thank you, Bill!

Alan Mulally

Former CEO of Ford Motor

Bill George tells the stories of leaders united by one belief: You can’t deliver value unless you anchor yourself in values. Bill does a masterful job showing anyone on the journey of leadership what it takes to discover your own True North.

Indra Nooyi

CEO of PepsiCo

This is the most robust and practical leadership book I have ever read, period. Bill George, one of the most admired leaders of our time, packs several lifetimes of wisdom into one quick and compelling read.

Tom Rath

Author of Strengths Finder 2.0

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