Recently in Paris, I had the chance to listen to two psychologists, one French, one Norwegian, who work as consultants for business and specialize in leadership issues. We had a fascinating conversation about « human capital » and leadership. The wonderfully surprising result of these hours together was that they both agreed that what was often overlooked, but vitally important in true leaders is valuing Human Capital, their own and that of their employees. They also agreed that true leaders are able to see failure as part of their life’s narrative, and how their businesses helped them to heal their own personal or collective stories, and care about those who work for and with them. Real leaders in no way feel naturally « entitled » to use and abuse those in their private and work life. The words which I was left with at the end of this time together were « care » and « healing. » […]