The business press routinely selects the top leaders of industry as part of its year-end review. These ritualistic roundups put the exclamation point on the year’s corporate news by calling out headliner executives whose companies’ growth surpassed expectations and who successfully managed their companies’ public personas as customer friendly, socially responsible, and ethically upright. It is entertaining reading, but if you, like us, have been through enough of these annual cycles, you know that both the names of the executives and the companies they represent come and go. Exalted corporations are broken up, taken over, or go under. Celebrated leaders featured in books and magazines fade away or spectacularly flame out as miscreants, ...

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