Friday, 9 April 2010

Leadership and Self-Deception

The Arbinger Insititute's book: Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box is a wonderful book.
The title word, “leadership” shouldn’t mislead the reader into assuming that the book is only for a title leader. Truly, this is a book for anyone; anyone who leads her own life...which is, of course everyone.
What if you discovered that the reason you were frustrated or unhappy with someone was related very much to your actual perceptions and the way you responded to them
What if you examined your annoyance with someone and you discovered that you were actually exacerbating and continuing the problem?
What if you remembered that you truly have the most influence over your own behaviours and perceptions and you took responsibilty for those?
If you were able to manage that, you would be on your way to moving out of self-deception.
I know that this book has become a checkpoint for my own self-awareness and growth. Each time I practice its tenets I improve relationships. I am happier and better for it.
Written in a fable style, this book provides insight into a way of being that revolutionizes relationships and personal growth and development. It is also a book that is quick to read. This is good, because there really isn't any way to do it justice without saying, Read It! You'll like it.
Arbinger Institute, The. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box. San Fransisco. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2000.

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