Based on the conviction that the well-developed executive is one who possesses the qualities of a well-developed individual, this is a study, in a fictionalized form, of those traits that have been commonly ascribed to able, mature people in industrial management. The origin of the stories was a series on executive qualities which the author wrote for Fortune in 1958-59. In a Foreword the author discusses the relatively now process of executive development and he points out the most definite fact that the psychological testing seems to have revealed; that managerial success is not determined primarily by aptitudes or by proficiencies but by individual characteristics -- initiative, dependability, integrity, etc. In a form which seems closer to a symposium he analyzes, the following traits: good judgement, cooperation, ambition, decisiveness, emotional stability, getting along with people, dependability, fairness, leadership and loyalty and he concludes that the attainment of dedication and integrity is an ""achievement of character that represents the pinnacle of an executive's development"". This is an objective and clear appraisal of a field which has become very thoroughly muddled.