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Leadership and the meaning of life: Walking the talk responsibly – and authentically?

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 18 April 2008




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoints practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


In the cult book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy it took a computer seven and a half million years to come up with an “answer to life, the universe, and everything”. And a pretty confusing answer it was too. If they had asked it to come up with an unambiguous and straightforward answer to “what makes a good leader?” it might have taken even longer and been even more confusing in its response.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy‐to digest format.



(2008), "Leadership and the meaning of life: Walking the talk responsibly – and authentically?", Strategic Direction, Vol. 24 No. 5, pp. 6-9.



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