Thought Leadership Partners

  • Bill George - former CEO of Medtronic and Author of Finding Your True North, Finding Your True North A Personal Guide and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis

  • Scott Snook - Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, and a leading expert in Authentic Leadership and Leadership Development

  • Dana Born - Lecturer at the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Retired USAF Brigadier General and two-term Dean of Faculty at the US Air Force Academy

Bill GeorgeBill George - former CEO of Medtronic and Author of Finding Your True North, Finding Your True North A Personal Guide and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis

Nick Craig (President of the Authentic Leadership Institute) met Bill George in 2006 at a Gallup Conference on leadership. Shortly in to their first conversation, they were struck by the synergies in their thinking and approaches to leadership development. Nick was excited to discover that Bill’s extensive industry experience, and academic research, validated the leadership development interventions and models he had been using successfully with his consulting clients for a number of years. In turn, George was very interested in the practical applications Nick had developed, and was actively applying in a variety of corporate settings, to foster authentic leadership. 

They were both energized to meet someone who was ‘attacking’ Authentic Leadership from a different, but certainly complementary, angle. They began exploring ways to collaborate and learn from one another, and quickly found an opportunity to co-author a book.

Bill George’s bestselling book, True North, received strong reviews. Given Nick’s extensive consulting and workshop experience, this provided an excellent opportunity for Bill and Nick to collaborate on a follow-up book entitled The True North Personal Guide.

The authors used the Harvard Business Review research documented in True North and provides detailed exercises designed to allow one to access his/her authenticity as a leader. The True North Personal Guide was published in the Spring of 2008, and also received strong reviews.

Since the release of the personal guide, Bill and Nick have continued collaborating to deliver corporate-based leadership development initiatives at GE, Unilever, and many other companies, to bring new tools for authentic leadership development to discerning and motivated audiences.

When reflecting upon his first meeting with Bill, Nick remembers admiring Bill and thinking that, “Bill is a true authentic leader --- he is really walking the talk.”   Several years, and a lot of work later, Nick is honored to continue collaborating with Bill and always looks forward to working, and spending time, with him.

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Scott SnookScott Snook - Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, and a leading expert in Authentic Leadership and Leadership Development

Scott’s focus at Harvard Business School is teaching the Authentic Leadership Development (ALD) program for second-year MBAs and for numerous executive education programs.  Since 2011 Scott has been actively collaborating with Nick Craig and the Authentic Leadership Institute. Their work is documented in the HBS case Unilever’s Paul Polman: Developing Global Leaders. Scott and Nick have delivered over 25 programs to the top 1,000 at Unilever.

Scott most recently has collaborated with Nick in publishing the May 2014 Harvard Business Review article From Purpose to Impact: Figure Out Your Passion and Put it to Work.

After graduating with honors from West Point, Scott served in various positions in the U.S. Army  attaining the rank of Colonel, before retiring in 2002 from the post of Academy Professor in the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department at the United States Military Academy. He also directed West Point's Center for Leadership and Organizations Research. He has led soldiers in combat, and was decorated with both the Legion of Merit and Master Parachutist badges. 

Scott has an MBA (High Distinction) from Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Organizational Behavior.

Professor Snook’s book Friendly Fire was selected by the Academy of Management to receive the 2002 Terry Award, as the most influential book on managerial thinking published during the past two years. He has also co-authored a book that explores the role of "common sense" in leadership, titled Practical Intelligence in Everyday Life, available from Cambridge University Press (2000). He most recently co-edited The Handbook for Teaching Leadership: Knowing, Doing, and Being, available from SAGE Publications (2011).

Thanks to his experience in the Army, Scott Snook sheds a new light on leadership in chaotic and complex situations where the rapidity of decision making and the capacity to rally people are essential to success.


Dana BornDana Born - Lecturer at the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Retired USAF Brigadier General and two-term Dean of Faculty at the US Air Force Academy

Dana’s focus at Kennedy school is teaching the Authentic Leadership Development (ALD) program with students as well as with numerous executive education programs, at the Kennedy School and in collaboration with the Harvard Business School.   

When not teaching at the Kennedy school, Dana helps deliver the ALI True North programs and is currently collaborating with us on creating Authentic Organizations.

Dana retired in 2013 following thirty years of service in the United States Air Force, most recently serving two terms as the Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy, where she also served as Chair of the Academy's Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. 

Dana brings a wealth of experience leading teams and organizations during times of peace, crises and conflict.  She has decades of real world, hands-on involvement in the world’s largest leadership laboratory (United States military) conceptualizing, designing and delivering programs to develop leaders of character with the ultimate measure of a leader’s success defined by mission accomplishment and lives saved, while mindful of the financial bottom-line.  

Dana is a frequent speaker to non-profit, government, military, private and public groups on character-based leadership development, organizational change, human and social capacity and performance, inclusive excellence and decision-making.

Dana holds a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy, M.S in Experimental Psychology from Trinity University, M.A in Research Psychology from the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Penn State University and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Administration from Simmons College.

Dana is passionate about educating, training, and inspiring others to become character-based leaders in order to reach their fullest potential, and to help others achieve theirs and advocates that a leader’s success is measured by the success of others.  She sees alignment of personal purpose and organizational purpose as a life well lived in abundance and and a fulfilled life and life's legacy.