leadership_self_deception

This book by Arbinger Institute is one of the small , actionable and concise book about leadership.

I conducted a leadership program in my earlier avatar and I gave this book to everyone of the participants.

This book has a powerful narrative in the form of individual storytelling and I could easily identify with many aspects of the story telling.

Though this book talks about organizational context, I think it gives a deep insight into your own short comings as a leader and especially how we trap ourselves into the box of self-deception in our roles as leaders in both professional and personal context.

The institute provides a clear framework for getting out of the box

The institute also has this video which serves as a useful pre-cursor to the book.

A useful framework summarized from the book for getting out of the box of self-deception is illustrated below

Do Don’t
Try to be better

 

Try to be perfect

 

Look within

 

Look for other’s boxes

 

Stay out of the box

 

Accuse others of being in the box

 

Keep trying

 

Give up on yourself

 

Apologize and Move on

 

Deny

 

Focus on what you can do right to help

 

Focus on what others are doing wrong
Worry whether you are helping others

 

Worry others are helping you

 

 

Irrespective of your leadership experience, this book serves as a useful guide to check periodically if you are exhibiting ‘in the box’ behaviour or ‘out of the box’ behaviour.

Keep this as a reference book and go back to it, irrespective of your current leadership strengths.

Enjoy Maadi. (Have Fun)

Zunder

PS : This book revealed to me a very important deceptive behaviour in my personal life and someday I shall write about that in detail.

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