Something Prepared Them for Their Journey
The first question that this chapter was curious to explore centered on what allowed the exemplary leaders to be ready to take the first steps in an unknown journey. It uses the term "personal mission" to refer to a sense of an inner calling, a strong urge to take action, the need to make a personal contribution to the world. The sense of having a personal mission was an important finding in assessing what prepared the leaders, but it was not just their need to make a difference that was key. For some, one factor that created a fertile ground for change was the experience of living a fragmented life, feeling a disconnect between the different aspects of one's self. It is interesting to note the role that feelings played in motivating these leaders to action, particularly since feelings are seldom considered as trustworthy counselors in corporate decision-making.