Leadership and Self-Deception

I read a lot of books on leadership. Most of them are good. Every now and then one is a dud. And a few of them are great. Leadership and Self-Deception was one of the great ones. I read it years ago. About six months after I read it... I read it again. It has been many years since I read the book. I saw there is a second edition available. So I decided, I am going to read it again.

Some of this was motivated by recent study in Matthew 23 - one of the hardest chapters in the Bible. Jesus is speaking about the Pharisees... and one word appears over and over. Jesus tells them they are blind. Spiritually blind. Spiritually deceived. Self-deceived in their case.

The problem with self-deception is that it is willful, and it is powerful. The self-deceived don't know they are self-deceived. Which is why books like this, especially when read in conversation with others - are so useful.

Every leader needs to wrestle with this problem. Every leader needs to find checks and balances to overcome the tendency towards deceiving one's self.

If you read the book - let me know what you think.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International