The Inner Life of Leaders


To what extent does a leader’s inner life affect his or her behavior and actions toward other people?

HBS professor emeritus Abraham Zaleznik, skilled in the practice of psychoanalysis and an admirer of the insights of Sigmund Freud, is well positioned to study the question. Zaleznik has authored or coauthored 15 books as well as the now-classic 1977 Harvard Business Review article “Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?” His latest book, Hedgehogs and Foxes: Character, Leadership, and Command in Organizations, explores motivation, decision making, and leadership skills as they progress in life and in business.

To learn more about the book and read Zaleznik’s reflections on it click here.

Then maybe you can answer the question, are you a Hedgehog or a Fox?

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