Chapter 1

Foundations of Self and Leadership


One of the fundamental maxims of the Apollonian Temple at Delphi was know thyself, a phrase whose meaning Socrates absorbed in his own maxim, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This dictate should be fundamental to anyone considering taking on the role of leader. No other aspect of ordinary work raises such deep issues of self-knowledge and identity more than does leadership. Only creative work likely rivals it. To lead, one should know what his or her fundamental values, beliefs, and assumptions are, because when those are known, they can serve to guide one’s decisions and actions, but when they are not known, chaos, or at least confusion and incoherence, is the most likely result of ...

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