Bill George: Building Global Leadership

bill-george2As growth opportunities shift from developed countries to emerging markets, every company is faced with the challenge: How do we develop talented global leaders who are effective in emerging markets and throughout the world?

No longer is it sufficient to rely primarily on expatriates from the headquarters country to impose successful management techniques on teams in emerging markets. Instead, a new kind of leader – “The Global Enterprise Leader” – is required to build markets around the world.

In this exclusive ExecuNet Master Class, Harvard Business School Professor Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, will present his new leadership concept of “Global Intelligence” or GQ. GQ builds on the leaders’ IQ and EQ to develop unique skills that global leaders must have, including World View, Self-Awareness, Cultural Curiosity, Empathy, Alignment, Collaboration and Integration.

After his opening presentation, Professor George engaged participants in a dynamic discussion of how they are developing as authentic global leaders and the steps they can take to strengthen their leadership.

Bill George is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership. With co-author Doug Baker he recently published True North Groups.

Mr. 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. Earlier in his career, he was a senior executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mr. George currently serves as director of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and the Mayo Clinic and also served on the board of Novartis and Target Corporation. He is currently a trustee of the World Economic Forum USA and Guthrie Theater and a former Trustee of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has served as board chair for Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed.

He has been named one of “Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years” by PBS; “Executive of the Year-2001″ by the Academy of Management; and “Director of the Year-2001-02″ by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. George has made frequent appearances on television and radio and his articles have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and numerous publications.

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