The Five Temptations of Senior Leadership


Patrick Lencioni is so good as a teacher of leadership, because he knows how to take complex matters and give simple (but not simplistic) guidance.

He does this by: (1) identifying a small number of CORE THEMES which he connects in an pattern. (2) Then, he illustrates these themes with an extended "fable" or story. (3) At the end of each book, he gives a summary of the themes. It helps quite a bit that (4) he has a nice slogan or tag line to communicate the big picture.

 

For example:  The Five Temptations of a CEO. That is the title and Tag Line. It is intriguing and easy to remember. I am hooked.

 

What are the Five Temptations and what is the Solution Lencioni has?

 

(1)  Putting something else ahead of PRODUCING RESULTS. What that other thing is, is usually connected with the ego of a leader, a personal agenda, their own career.
CHOOSE RESULTS OVER STATUS

 

(2)  Not holding direct reports (those supervised) accountable for being committed to delivering results. The leader wants to be popular.
CHOOSE ACCOUNTABILITY OVER BEING POPULAR OR LIKED

 

(3)  Wanting to make correct decisions with certainty.
CHOOSE CLARITY OVER CERTAINTY

 

(4)  Avoiding ideological debate that may increase productivity, for the sake of maintaining harmony.  
CHOOSE CONFLICT OVER HARMONY

 

(5)  Self-protection behaviors involving isolation, independence and authority.
CHOOSE TRUST OVER INVULNERABILITY

 

Look over the chart and see which temptations you experience. Are you making the right CHOICES?
 

 

Brian K. Rice

Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org