It is the purpose of a business to survive, and the received wisdom is that it can only do so by growing. Once a company reaches a certain size, though, its further growth will demand conformity. Its leaders become more a part of the corporate system than of the natural and human systems they were born into. If this is symptomatic of capitalism, as Marx pointed out it was, the living standards we expect in return for its command to grow wealth require most of us to be complicit in this conformity. Yet, and to quote Fromm again, this mode of existence ‘is insufficient to pacify the anxiety of separateness.’
Within the separateness that conformity seems to breed, I have seen how an immersion into the knowledge and skills of inspiration can help a corporate person to lead themselves, and the people they lead, with an effect that they variously describe as positive, transformational and mind-altering.