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.

Context Surrounding Executive Leaders

Context Surrounding Executive Leaders
Context surrounding executive leaders

The trouble with American leaders is that they are not sufficiently aware of the context of whatever they are responsible for doing. … The conventional view of leadership emphasizes positional power and conspicuous accomplishment But true leadership is about creating a domain in which we continually learn and become more capable of participating in our unfolding nature. A true leader sets the stage on which predictable miracles, synchronistic in nature, can and do occur.

— Joseph Jaworski, 1996, pp. 96, 182

The organization cannot be managed by “science,” that is, we cannot logically determine what causes will produce what effects. Therefore, we need faith in our judgment, our intuition, our ability to understand ourselves and others, all in some broader ...

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