CHAPTER 3

Who You Are Drives What You Do

Picture a large oak tree, like the one on the cover of this book. Notice that it has three parts: lush foliage, a sturdy trunk, and thick roots. These represent essential facets of leadership. The leadership crisis has demonstrated that people have been preoccupied with the wrong part of the tree. The problem is that too much attention is being paid to all the showy stuff aboveground. What's below the surface, those nourishing roots, has been largely ignored. We at Healthy Companies have decades of research, mountains of data, and thousands of hours of interviews with leaders from around the globe, and all that information points to a persuasive conclusion: the only way a leader can withstand the gale-force ...

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