A Spirit of Personal Integrity: The Role of Character in Executive Health

May 2003
Organizational Dynamics;May2003, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p165
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the role of spirituality and personal integrity in executive health. Spirituality and personal integrity, according to the authors, are not often considered dimensions of executive health, yet these are the bases of an executive's character. Executive health is more commonly thought of as physical fitness and psychological well-being. The essence of positive psychology and positive organizational behavior is to build on human strengths and virtues. Good epidemiological research in preventive medicine helps an executive identify health risks where prevention strategies can be effective. This is an important but defensive or protective strategy that guards against health problems. The authors conclude that balancing concern for one's health with effortful striving is essential to sustained, long-term achievement. Conversely, the failure to attend to one's health places an executive at risk of failure, and in the extreme, of death. The authors further suggest that the executives should identify their strengths as well as their limitations and vulnerabilities.


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