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Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel

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The Journey from Cradle to Corner Office

Reading the Road Map

No matter what our genetic predispositions, moral intuitions, or personality traits might be, all of us continue to build and shape our character, beliefs, and behaviors throughout our life journey. Just like all of us, the CEOs and leadership teams engaged in our study began that journey with a backpack full of the human provisions I’ve just named. As these future leaders grew into adulthood, however, their life experiences joined forces with those genetic givens to shape each of them into the unique individual who first stepped into a leadership role. To fully understand how the leaders in our study developed their character and the behaviors that express it, we have to consider ...

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