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Book: Leadership & Self-Deception

I just finished my latest read, Leadership & Self-Deception by not an individual but an organization, The Arbinger Institute. Many thanks to Franklin Savings Bank, who gifted the book to me.

This one is an oldy and goodie. First published in 2000, this book outlines a key method of progressing from management to leadership proficiency.

The idea is that a person is always either in their box or out of it. A person is thinking about themselves or someone else. They are inwardly focused or outwardly focused.

It’s more complicated than that, of course, which is outlined in the book.

It’s also that simple. People will only follow those they trust. People trust those who care.

People who are outwardly focused are focused on their teammates and mission in lieu of their own feelings and self-deception.

In the end, humility gets you much further than competence.

This book is worth the read for any aspiring leader. It sets the proper mindset. In the position I am now, watching my own group of leaders grow and produce, I recognize the truth of this book and wish I had read it decades ago.

Rating: 4 of 5. Recommended read.

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