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.
Personal Values of Executive Leaders
Confusion and lack of clear values on the part of the young puts an even greater burden on their elders to reflect on their own values. If adults in a society do not have some considered notion of their values, there would seem to be little hope for young people. It is especially important that individuals have clearly articulated values in a time of rapid change.
A wide variety of researchers have asserted that leadership is a value-laden activity. For example, Edgar Schein (1990) argued that the essence of leadership is the ability to oversee and manage the organization's values, particularly when the current values are dysfunctional. Similarly, Peter Vaill (1991) argued that ...