Praise

“Thompson is a practical visionary. He not only envisioned a broader healing mission for healthcare that encompassed his community and the planet but also created a powerful example of this vision through Gundersen Health that has become a beacon of hope for the country and the world.”

— Gary Cohen, President

Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth

Lead True will make you a better leader. If you are already leading, this is a must-read. If you are new to leadership, this is the definitive guide. Thompson’s value-based leadership journey will take you on a magic carpet ride. Following Thompson’s principled lessons, you will develop your leadership, your organization and its people will improve, and your community will flourish.”

— David T. Feinberg, MD, CEO

Geisinger Health System

“We can lead from any seat in the organization as this wise, beautifully written book makes abundantly clear. Lead True gives a wonderfully authentic look into what it takes to lead a journey to excellence.”

— Leonard Berry

Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University; and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

“Jeff has been an advocate of doing the right things the right way for many years. As a health and business leader, he has led the way on responsibility and sustainability. I appreciate his insights and am challenged by his approach to put them in action.”

— Walt Rosebrough, CEO

Steris Corporation

“Jeff Thompson has captured the essence of what excellence in lead- ership looks like. The riveting true stories in this book inspire and challenge us to reexamine our own core beliefs.”

— John Toussaint, CEO, Catalysis

author of On the Mend

“It’s one thing to write about values-based leadership. It’s altogether another to live it. In Jeff Thompson’s case, he has now done both in a truly thoughtful and inspiring way.”

— Laura A. Jana, MD

Author, The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today that Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow; Director of Innovation, UNMC College of Public Health

“This is an incredibly important book; it goes to the heart of achieving truly successful leadership. It is not about technique, manipulation, or cutthroat management; it is about combining competence in lead- ership with principled leadership that recognizes that helping others be successful is the responsibility of a true leader. Jeff uses real-life examples that illustrate the challenge of not only knowing what is the right thing to do but having the courage to do it. Demanding excel- lence from ourselves and others in a fair and just way may often be challenging but ultimately is essential to meeting our responsibilities and achieving real success. The examples he uses will spur wonderful and fruitful discussions especially in young leaders.”

— Sister Carol Keehan, DC, President/CEO

Catholic Health Association

“This book is inspiring, helpful, and important. The lessons and stories put you in the shoes of leaders facing the very challenges we all see in healthcare today and provide practical ways to look at leading. Every student of healthcare leadership can learn from this book, and even more importantly, every leadership team from healthcare orga- nizations and systems today can use the lessons from this book to build strong and moral principles for leading to the Triple Aim of better health for our populations, improved healthcare, and lower per capita costs for our communities.”

— Maureen Bisognano, President Emerita and Senior Fellow

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

“Healthcare remains the number-one economic and social issue of our time. As such, it’s an industry crying out for principled leadership based on strong vision, mission, and values. Lead True is a must-read for anyone trying to marry business principles for strong organiza- tional leadership with an obligation to deliver a societal good.”

— Susan D. DeVore, President and CEO

Premier, Inc.

“The most important thing to know about Jeff Thompson is that he is for real; he lives and breathes the courageous, compassionate, values-based leadership of which he writes. It’s no wonder that he led Gundersen Health to embody authentically patient-centered care— and his insight in how leaders can build healthy organizations and communities is a must-read for anyone seeking to effect meaningful change.”

— Rebecca Onie, cofounder and CEO, Health Leads