Can you be a Jekyll and Hyde leader?

Warren Bennis asks, “Can a leader both act and be real?”

Bill George, a professor at the Harvard Business School, in his book True North, contends that a journey to leadership cannot be made without “framing your life story, discerning your passions, finding your leadership purpose,” and aligning it with that of your organization. In short, he is saying that you cannot fake leadership.

I agree with George. Watch the video to see why.

The more systemic issue is about how we hire and promote leaders in healthcare. We always look at past accomplishments and metrics that have been moved in previous jobs. But what about how leaders lead their lives? Should that be considered? And how do you measure that?

Tell me what you think.

Are some able to lead without being authentic to their organizations or to themselves?

Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC, is a marketing consultant, professional speaker, aging and senior health expert, and the owner of Fast Forward Consulting. Visit his personal blog at

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