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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: The Arbinger Institute

Narrated By: William Dufris

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2004

Duration: 4 hours 40 minutes


Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called 'self-deception.' We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. Through an entertaining and highly instructive story, this audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and-most importantly-the surprising way to solve it. 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.