The New Leadership in Industry

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CHAPTER III MENTAL HYGIENE OF EMPLOYERS

THERE has been much discussion of the mental hygiene of industry--the discussion invariably dealing with the problems of the mental hygiene of employees--but nothing has been said about the mental hygiene of employers.

I am reminded of an episode which occurred at a meeting of a society for mental hygiene. One of the speakers, a judge of the Children's Court, stressed the necessity of mental hygiene among children. Whereupon, the presiding officer, a physician, suggested that the judge had omitted an important aspect of the matter and that was the necessity of studying the mental hygiene of many of the judges.

In a similar sense, it seems never to have occurred to observers that a most important aspect of the labor problem is the mental and emotional make-up and background of the executives. In books on industrial subjects, when space is given to employment psychology, the discussion of such topics as "Instincts in Industry," or "Mental Hygiene of Industry," is usually devoted almost

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