Review: The Arbinger Institute - Leadership and Self-Deception

In May, I added Leadership and Self-Deception to my list of books to read. I don’t remember how. Did I get a suggestion by a friend? Was it suggested by Goodreads? Or have I found it on a list of similar books? I really don’t remember. What I do remember is that I wanted to read it. The last three days, I did. And here’s what I think of it.

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The Arbinger Institute has put together a story that shows the daily mistakes people make. They could have gone for a textbook approach, with fancy diagrams and highlighted definitions. Instead they chose for a story. We follow Tom as he learns what self-deception is. How we betray ourselves and get inside the box.

I have read other books where the content is explained as a story and they were always kind of predictable. Leadership and Self-Deception is not. What could have been better? I’m kind of stuck on how the authors say it is difficult to explain the concepts in this book. And so I might have hoped for some help in this. But I think I get that too: just keep trying and being out of the box as much as possible.

I was amazed when I read this book. I rate it 5 stars. It’s an eye-opener. I also really feel like I want to do something with this, other than staying out of the box myself.

Have you read Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box? What did you think of it? Let me know in the section below!