leadership and self-deception

April 22, 2006 | 8 Comments


I’ve kind of grown tired of leadership books because many of them say a lot of the same stuff. I feel like I end up reading a lot of repeat concepts to dig out one or two special jewels. I read Leadership and Self-Deception and it definitely doesn’t follow that trend.

It’s one of those books that you agree with what is being said the whole time, and deep down you already know it’s true, but you don’t like someone reminding you of it. It describes how most of the challenges we have in leadership, and in any relationship, come from our own self-centered thinking. (Although the book develops this idea far better than that.) The book is one of those leadership fable types (ala Lencioni), but the content of it is so good I was able to overlook my usual dislike for those. This will likely be required reading for any future ministry interns I have the chance to work with, and I’d encourage anyone who is in ministry, is married, or is breathing, to read it.

  • This book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the recommendation John.

    How is theohacks going?

  • It’s going…sometime, somewhere. 🙂 Zach and I can’t seem to get our universes to connect. It’s like trying to get matter and anti-matter to connect. Or Christian and anti….never mind.

  • so who is christian and who is anti…?… curious minds want to know.

  • Looks great John, I just bought that on your recommendation from Amazon, I’ll look forward to it’s arrival. Jason.

  • Matt, I am choosing to offer no further “Clarity”. 😉

    Jason, I’ll be watching your blog for reactions to the book.

  • I’m so glad you enjoy studying this as much as I do! Late night trawling brought me to your blog, and I wondered if you knew we have a new book coming out – The Anatomy of Peace – that is actually the prequel to L&SD? I’m running out of galley copies, but I think you can pre-order it on Amazon – it’s due out on August 10. If you email me – rpryor@arbinger.com – I’ll see if I can get an uncorrected copy sent to you.
    Keep up the good work!
    Rachel

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