Leadership and Self-Deception

  • by The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known problem called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. Through an entertaining and highly instructive story, this audio shows what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and, most importantly, the surprising way to solve it. The Arbinger Institute is a consulting firm and scholarly consortium that includes people trained in business, law, economics, philosophy, the family, education, and psychology. Arbinger has worked with leaders from such major organizations as Microsoft, 3M, Cornell University, and the U.S. Navy.


What the Critics Say

2005 Audie Award Nominee, Business Information/Educational
"Profound...engaging...packed with insight. I couldn't recommend it more highly." (Stephen R. Covey)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not quite "out of the box"

To be kind, I would say that the principles written are sound, relevant, and important. However, the narration and delivery are distracting... bordering on amateurish.

The basic concept of the book is:
1. Treat others as indivual people with individual needs, flaws, and dreams
2. Do the right thing by others, for others
3. Once you recognize the joy to be had in THAT moment, then
4. Re-examine other people in that new light
5. Repeat

I would recommend any book by Patrick Lencioni for a far better read and equally sound principles
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- Gryphon

Fantastic Listen!!! A MUST HAVE!!!

This is one of those books that you will listen to over and over. I have it in print format and have referred it to well over 10 people who have all purchased it and thanked me for the referral. You will not be let down with this one, and must have for every library! If you are into bettering your life, this is a great way to get insights!
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- C S

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.