Bill George on Character and Leadership

During this episode on Character and Leadership, former Medtronic CEO, Bill George, now Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, joins Dennis McCuistion for a frank discussion on ethics and business practices in corporate America.

Bill George is the author of several business books, which include: True North and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis.

He tells us,“Leaders of my day, kids of the Kennedy era, were supposed to make a difference.  Yet, we destroyed big companies.” George asks, “What happened?”

Bill George believes many corporate leaders play for the short term, not the long term.  He believes that in business we are “playing up leaders who are playing for that short term… Business is too serious to be  about YOU… You can’t create anything in a quarter.”

In response to Dennis’ question: “Is corporate ethics an oxymoron?” Bill responds, “No- it isn’t. There’s a whole generation of leaders who are coming along.”

View the video for a discussion with Bill George on the qualities of effective leadership and the True North principles that guide them.

And as always, thanks for joining us as we talk about things that matter with people who care.

Niki Nicastro McCuistion
Executive Producer/Producer

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01.03.10 – 1811

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6 Responses to “Bill George on Character and Leadership”
  1. Jo Crandall says:

    After watching this I wrote my President and asked him to advocate for Americans to involve themselves in healthier lifestyles. Healthcare workers set some of the worst examples. They eat chips and Dr Pepper for lunch. They take Percocet to help them sleep. Drinking alcohol to celebrate a day off. Opting out of the hospital’s insurance coverage to make more per hour.

    I liked Bill George and what he had to say. He clearly doesn’t like our President. I do. I get his point about staying grounded and listening to the inner values. “Staying the course” isn’t always the right path, it is often the most congested path, but, not the right path. Sometimes we need to stop, regroup, and perhaps back up to the other path.

    We are all so mad at the CEO’s of anything right now. It was nice to listen to his point of view.

  2. SD says:

    Bill,

    Talking about leadership principles, you said

    “Do you think that people are no darn good and do you whip them in shape

    Or

    Do you think people are really good when you empower them into real work”

    Does this mean that you cna get good work even from a person “who is all character and no talent ”

    Sree

  3. admin says:

    Thanks very much for the comment. Our mission in producing the McCuistion Program is to get folks thinking and acting on the information we’ve shared. It’s gratifying to hear that television can make a difference.
    Regarding Bill George’s comment, “staying the course” is not easy but maybe more of our CEOs and leaders need to do so. We might see a different world. Thanks for watching!
    - Niki McCuistion

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