Research Method and Knowledge Base

Beginning in 2004, the first phase of my research involved interviewing more than 100 authorities in the field of leadership, ranging from Russ Ackoff to Peter Block, Max De Pree to Sally Helgesen, to Margaret Wheatley. I also interviewed senior leaders in organizations that received an award for being deeply committed to nurturing the human spirit. My subjects included active and former CEOs, academics, leadership authors and consultants, and executive coaches (see Appendix B for the complete list). I particularly focused on leaders who support creating a workplace where people are encouraged to ...

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