Why leaders need to work with their shadows

Jungian theories of the personality and its shadow shed light on leaders' misbehaviour - which can lead organisations or entire countries astray

Well before noted psychologist Carl Jung developed the concept of the personal shadow, author Robert Louis Stevenson had captured the imagination of millions - and continues to do so - with the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

All of us, and leaders in particular, are prone to what Jung referred to: "That which we do not bring to our consciousness appears in our lives as fate."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 31, 2019, with the headline 'Why leaders need to work with their shadows'. Print Edition | Subscribe