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.

Spirituality of Executive Leaders
Spirituality of executive leaders

Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirits.

— Studs Terkel, 1974, p. 484

The most important things in life should be first God, then family, then work.

— J. Peter Grace, CEO, W. R. Grace & Company 1985 Annual Report

The Wall Street Journal accused Henry Ford of “economic blunders if not crimes” which would soon return to plague him and the industry he represents as well as organized society. In a naive wish for social improvement, declared the newspaper, Ford had injected “spiritual principles into a field where they do notbelong”—a heinous crime. Captains of industry lined up to condemn “the most foolish thing ever attempted in the industrial world.”

— James Collins & Jerry Porras, 1994, ...
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