Ever read a leadership book that scares you? Leadership and Self Deception is one of those—the kind of book that makes you look in the mirror and face what’s there, warts and all. We all tell ourselves stories about other people—often they are the villains, and we the victims or heroes—as a way of justifying our actions and keeping them in an emotional box. It is psychologically safer—but ultimately damaging—to believe that others are at fault, that others cause us to act, that others are the root of our problems, when the solution is right in front of us, staring back in the mirror? We do it with our coworkers, we do it with our spouses, with our children, with our direct reports, our bosses, anyone in our life that may provide us with an out. Rather than horribilize others (believing others are worse then they really are while believing ourselves better than we really are) Leadership and Self Deception helps us recognize destructive self-deceptions so we can make conscious choices about our leadership and our relationships.
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