Summary of Leadership and Self-Deception

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Leadership and Self-Deception book summary


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Members of the Arbinger Institute have written an important book that has the potential to change the way you think, behave, and live your life, both personally and professionally. This book simply and effectively addresses a core problem in human nature: self-deception. Presented as a series of conversations between two businessmen, one acting as a mentor to the other, the book walks you through the kinds of events that put you "in the box" of self-deception. Then, the book explains how you can get out of the box and, just as importantly, explains how to avoid getting stuck in the box in the first place. The authors believe that self-deception is at the root of all conflict and lack of productivity. For that reason, recommends this book to all who are concerned about human motivation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why self-deception undermines leadership;
  • How self-betrayal leads to a distorted world view;
  • Why, once you are in the “box” of self-deception, problems arise that didn’t exist before; and
  • How to get out of the box.

About the Author

The Arbinger Institute is a scholarly consortium and management training and consulting firm. It includes scholars, business leaders, and professionals who apply their experience and talents to writing about the sweeping implications of overcoming self-deception in all aspects of organizational, community and family life.



Self-Deception and the Box
Because self-deception affects every aspect of life, it is extremely pertinent to business and central to leadership. Generally, the public has not been aware of self-deception as an issue, though philosophers, scholars, and others who "work on the central...

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