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.

Character and Creative Fruits Examined Together
Character and creative fruits examined together

Many leaders would rather have control than have access to more energy, devotion, and commitment on the part of the people in the organization. When leaders have to choose, they choose control.

— Roger Harrison, 1995, p. 164

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 future. A true leader sets the stage on which predictable miracles, synchronistic in nature, can and do occur.

— Joseph Jaworski, 1996, p. 182

Leadership always comes down to a question of character.

— Warren Bennis, 1997, p. 158

In earlier chapters, we focused on individual character issues and ...

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