The Norwegian School of Economics and the European SPES Forum organized a workshop on European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership in May 2–4, 2008 in Bergen, Norway. The aim of the workshop was to explore European literature for leadership ethics. Papers were invited to focus on the myths and stories of European Literature: Odyssey, Orpheus, Antigone, The Holy Grail, Hamlet, Don Quichote, Robinson Crusoë, Faust, Peer Gynt, etc. and link them to contemporary issues of leadership. More than socio-economic or ethical models, European literature confronts us with the existential, tragic and heroic dimensions of leadership. The conference resulted in the book «Heroes and Anti-heroes: European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership» published by Garant in 2010.