This is the first book to examine fully the inner dynamics of executives in top leadership positions. This empirical examination of the character of leaders covers areas such as personality, values and spirituality, and has been conducted through surveys and in-depth interviews. The reader is invited to combine the information gleaned from the life stories of the interviewed CEOs with personal reflection as a first step in developing his or her own leadership character.

Going into the Shadow and Emerging a Leader
Going into the shadow and emerging a leader

Knowing ignorance is strength. Ignoring knowledge is sickness.

— Lao Tsu, translated by Feng & English, 1972, p. 71 (used with permission of Random House)

Keep walking, though there is no place to get to.

Don't try to see through the distances.

That's not for human beings. Move within,

But don't move the way fear makes you move.

— Rumi, translated by Moyne & Barks, 1986, p. 20 (used with permission of Threshold Books)

We need to remember that character, like a photograph, develops in darkness. But then how can we follow our destiny when we don't know what it is, when it's hidden in darkness?

— Robin Robertson, 1997, p. 3

The primary contribution of this book is ...

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