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Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature
Joseph Badaracco, Jr.

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Format: Hardcover, 240pp.
ISBN: 9781591399681
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
Pub. Date: April 30, 2006

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What Serious Fiction Can Teach Leaders

The hardest tests for leaders challenge their character as much as their skills, and a growing body of research shows that the self-knowledge gained from such tests is critical to leaders’ success.

In Questions of Character, Joseph L. Badaracco outlines eight fundamental challenges that test a leader’s character, and proposes exploring them through the lens of literature. Badaracco argues that serious fiction provides us with memorable characters facing compelling challenges similar to those that confront business leaders. Through rich analysis of the main characters in The Death of a Salesman, The Secret Sharer, The Last Tycoon, and other stories, Badaracco addresses complex issues leaders face, such as the soundness of their vision, their readiness to take on responsibility, the depth of their compassion, and their ability to manage success.

Presenting classic leadership dilemmas in a novel and valuable light, Questions of Character helps leaders and aspiring leaders prepare for the opportunities and tests before them.

 
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• "Serious literature offers a view from the inside. It opens doors to a world rarely seen—except, on occasion, by leaders' spouses and closest friends. It lets us watch leaders as they think, worry, hope, hesitate, commit, exult, regret, and reflect. We see their characters tested, reshaped, strengthened or weakened. These books draw us into leaders' worlds, put us in their shoes, and at times let us share their experiences." Pg. 3
 

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Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School and the author of several books, including Leading Quietly and Defining Moments, both published by HBS Press.

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Table of Contents
Introduction1
 
1Do I Have a God Dream?
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
11
2How Flexible Is My Moral Code?
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
31
3Are My Role Models Unsettling?
"Blesses Assurance" by Allen Gurganus
53
4Do I Really Care?
The Love of the Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
75
5Am I Ready to Take Responsibility?
"The Secret Sharer" by Joseph Conrad
99
6Can I Resist the Flow of Success?
I Come as a Thief by Louis Auchincloss
119
7How Well Do I Combine Principles and Pragmatism?
A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
139
8What Is Sound Reflection?
Antigone by Sophocles
163
9Judging Character189
 
Notes199
Bibliography207
Acknowledgments211
Index213
About the Author221


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