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Leadership and Self-Deception, 2nd Edition: Getting Out of the Box

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: The Arbinger Institute

Narrated By: Peter Berkrot

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2012

Duration: 5 hours 18 minutes


Since its original publication nine years ago, Leadership and Self-Deception has become an international word-of-mouth phenomenon. The book's central insight-that the key to leadership lays not in what we do, but in who we are-has proved to have powerful resonances not only for organizational leadership, but in listeners' personal lives as well. This new edition has been revised throughout to make the story more compelling. Drawing on the extensive correspondence the authors have received over the years, they have added a section that outlines the many ways that listeners have been using Leadership and Self-Deception, focusing on five specific areas: hiring, team building, conflict resolution, accountability, and personal growth and development. Leadership and Self-Deception uses an entertaining story about an executive facing challenges at work and at home to expose the subtle psychological processes that conceal our true motivations and intentions from us and trap us in a 'box' of endless self-justification-even when we're convinced we're doing the right thing. Most importantly, the audiobook shows us the way out. Listeners will discover what millions already have-how to consistently tap into and act on their innate sense of what's right, dramatically improving all of their relationships. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. An bestseller.


  • Mickelle T.

    Fantastic book. My entire customer service team and management group read it. Quick read and the characters are totally relatable. It was easy to find practices to immediately incorporate into my own daily behavior. The narrator is terrible. Listen to it at 1.5x speed and you will probably not be annoyed by his character voices.

  • Donald P

    This book really helped me open my eyes to the habit of self deception and where it stems from. The ideas are not ground breaking or new, but the way it is presented helps you look at it through a different lens creating a new perspective. I also enjoyed the style of reading. The book was more of a narrative than other self help books that i have read. The narrative focuses on the character, removing yourself from the reading, allowing you to focus on the main character instead of yourself. After each reading session, i was able to look back on the character's situations and apply it to my own. All in all i give it four out of five stars and recommend it to anyone looking for a motivating read.

  • APDS4

    This story finds a new way to present some traditional values that makes them relevant and readable. I read the book first and then listened to the audio version. It is a worthwhile read to anyone who is interested in interpersonal relationships and really helps to teach some valuable lessons. The book finds a way to articulate principles such as deference and respect for others that make it an interesting teaching tool.

  • Anonymous

    This was a good book, I am glad it was audio, at times he labors to get to the point that was already obvious. The narrator does all the voices, including the female voice, this was kind of distracting, it sounded like a poor SNL parody of a gay man. The idea behind the concept was very good, teaching you to view everyone as an equal and to treat them as such, an old concept with a new twist.