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 Effective Strategic Priorities
Creating effective strategic priorities

Visionary companies pursue a cluster of objectives of which making money is only one and not necessarily the primary one.

— James Collins & Jerry Porras, 1994, p. 55

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1956, p. 69

Present management thinking about a healthy organization may be oversimplified and at times false.

— Chris Argyris, 1958, p. 107

The second creative fruit of executive leadership is the establishment of clear strategic priorities within the firm. The first creative fruit of leadership (i.e., a vision of the future) gives the organization its general direction and provides a source of inspiration. ...

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