Book News: April 9th, 2003

By The Arbinger InstituteThis book, from the Arbinger Institute, a consortium of scholars, business leaders, and professionals, reveals that self-deception is the foremost critical cause of leadership failure. The authors identify self-deception as the “disease” at the core of all of the leadership shortcomings we see in today’s organizations, and self-betrayal as the cause of the disease. It describes how self-deception can be identified, isolated, and treated in a disciplined, results-oriented way. The book shows how leaders who are self-deceived might as well be living in a box-trapped, cut off from others, and blind to the truth. It illustrates how leaders trapped within this box cannot lead effectively no matter how hard they try and no matter how many skills and techniques they employ.

Published by Berrett Koehler. ISBN: 1-57675-174-0. 14.95 US dollars.