People don't seek in a leader someone who is grappling with inner demons, who is angry and bitter at the inevitable injustices that life hands out.[] Instead, they seek in a leader someone who has brought the opposing parts of life together into a harmonious whole, both for the prospective leader as a person and in terms of the new stories that may be generated for others. In fact, since no one achieves perfect coherence, any prospective leader will have unresolved tensions—with a spouse, a child, a parent, an employer, a business partner—that might be counterproductive if exposed to the light of day.

To communicate that you have achieved the requisite degree of integration, choose a part of your life story that ...

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