Rugger Burke, a principal at Satori Capital, penned this CEOWORLD magazine article on conscious leadership.

“Can’t we all just work together?” When former Ford CEO Alan Mulally asked a group of executives this question, Mark Fields was paying attention—and it’s a question that makes all the difference now Fields is CEO of Ford.

Let’s examine the roads Ford and Volkswagen have traveled this year. This September, Martin Winterkorn resigned as the CEO of Volkswagen in the wake of the revelation that the company had equipped 11 million diesel cars with software designed to fool emissions tests. Winterkorn claimed he had no knowledge that the cheating software even existed.

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