Book Review: Leadership and Self-Deception

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by Arbinger Institute

Rating: 9/10

Books can offer us more than an escape, they can also be door ways that open us up to a better way of being. It has been my belief that one our responsibilities is to become better than we were. None of us are perfect and we should identify the things we do that we do not want to do, and then do something differently. From time to time I come across books that provide me with the words to form ideas that help me become a better person. This is one of those books.

LeadrshpSDBook Description:

The “disease” of self-deception (acting in ways contrary to what one knows is right) underlies all leadership problems in today’s organizations, according to the premise of this work. However well intentioned they may be, leaders who deceive themselves always end up undermining their own performance.

This straightforward book explains how leaders can discover their own self-deceptions and learn how to escape destructive patterns. The authors demonstrate that breaking out of these patterns leads to improved teamwork, commitment, trust, communication, motivation, and leadership.

The premise of this book is a very simple idea that once implemented will affect your way of thinking about interactions with others. I will not let myself believe that I can explain the idea behind this book better than the authors can, so I will leave a lot of that a mystery that you will need to discover by reading the book.

What I will tell you about is how the information is presented. It can be boring to read a lecture, even if that lecture is on a very good subject. It was refreshing to find this idea being presented with a fictitious story. It is the story of Tom Callum, a manager at a company called Zagrum. He has been managing a department of this very successful company and has been invited to a meeting with one of the higher ups, Bud. Bud holds these meetings with all his leadership members and the author uses this as the platform to present the idea of Self-Deception.

Tom is a very real feeling person, you can connect with him in many ways and this helps you to use the information he is given to relate it to your own life and experiences. It is also awesome how the information on Self-Deception is not just for business, it will help you in your personal life also.

Not a terribly long book, reading this flies by. I found it fun to read and very informative. I have read it several times over the years since the first time, and plan to read it several more times.

Until next time…


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