Five key teachings we have learned from reading Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute as a senior corps team.
1) There is a key to success in leadership that is not easily seen from the outside, but once it is learned can be very valuable, and in Leadership and Self Deception, we learn that key is being “out of the box.”
2) Being “in the box” means not seeing other human beings as people, but obstacles to our own happiness and satisfaction. In the book, being “in the box” refers to self-deception.
3) Self-betrayal , which is when we ignore our own desire or impulse to help someone else, leads us to self-deception. It is how we “get in the box.”
4) We should do our best to see our fellow human beings as people, and even in times when we may have a disagreement or dilemma, we must remain “out of the box” and be considerate of the other person.
5) When we are “out of the box” we are much more effective leaders.
The Arbinger Institute. Leadership and Self Deception. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2009. Print.