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C. Clinton Sidle finds leadership lessons in psychologist Carl Jung's categorization of human personality into archetypes based on ancient mythological symbols and in Jung's belief that each person travels on a "heroic journey" through life. Sidle adapts these Jungian ideas and the symbol of the wheel to create a paradigm of business leadership that individuals, teams and organizations can use to reach their goals. Because he tries to fit so many concepts into his wheel, readers may feel after a while that they are spinning in circles. Nonetheless, the book is loaded with useful exercises and examples. Although Sidle's approach is esoteric, getAbstract recommends it to managers with a spiritual bent who want to develop their leadership qualities and discover a style that suits them.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which strengths and weaknesses characterize the five aspects of the "leadership wheel"; and
  • How to use the wheel to become a strong leader and to build a resilient organization.

About the Author

C. Clinton Sidle directs the Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program at Cornell University, and consults on business strategy and leadership training.



The Epic Quest
The urge to push forward, seek and achieve is part of the human genetic heritage. It haunts human dreams, philosophies and myths. In fact, some say that everything that humans have achieved, from art to atrocity, springs from this ambition coupled with a deep sense of inadequacy...

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