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.

Creating a Vision of the Future
Creating a vision of the future

Begin with the end in mind.

— Steven Covey, 1989, p. 95

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

— Proverbs 29:18

Just because a company has a vision statement (or something like it) in no way guarantees that it will become a visionary company!

— James Collins and Jerry Porras, 1994, p. 201

Most leaders and leadership development experts agree that one of the most important contributions of a leader is to create or help create a vision that brings with it commitment to organizational excellence and directs change efforts. If the leader casts a dark shadow throughout the organization, this vision will not be seen nor will it be shared by others. However, when the leader is ...

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