The Five Graces of Life and Leadership
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The Five Graces of Life and Leadership

Gary BurnisonWiley • 2021

Grace, Not Pressure

by David Meyer

Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison finds that grace is a leader’s core asset.

In this illustrated leadership guide, Gary Burnison, the CEO of Korn Ferry, identifies grace as the highest quality of leadership. Burnison vests in a personal approach, drawing on childhood stories and thoughtful artistic photographs to break down the intricacies of graceful leadership.


Burnison identifies grace as the inner light of humanity. He organizes his book by using “GRACE” as an acronym for five leadership qualities: “gratitude, resilience, aspiration, courage and empathy.”

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