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The Arbinger Institute

Getting Out of the Box

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Leadership And Self Deception by Arbinger Institute is a thought-provoking book that explores the hidden ways self-deception impacts leadership, relationships, and personal growth.
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    We deceive ourselves by seeing other people’s needs as less important, so we treat them like objects.

    All people want to be treated with respect and dignity by others. This idea is so fundamental that it is even manifested in our constitutions, laws and philosophies. But when it comes to everyday life, many of us forget this ideal.

    In our daily interactions, we often feel that our needs and wishes are more important than those of other people. An example of this would be when we are sitting on a bus or plane, and instead of offering the empty seat next to us to others, we hope no one takes it, so we might enjoy more space. In effect, we value our own comfort above the need of others to find a seat.

    Because we judge the needs of others as less real and important than our own, it is easy for us to start to think of them as mere objects. This is because our sense of superiority prevents us from seeing others as equals, so we no longer see a reflection of ourselves in others. In short, we begin to lack empathy, so we no longer see others as “real” people anymore.

    This means that as we sit there on the bus or plane, we will probably see the other passengers as mere threats to us and our comfort, rather than as other human beings with their own needs.

    This phenomenon is known as self-deception or “being in the box.” In this context, self-deception means that we do not see ourselves and the people around us as they really are. Hence we are deceiving ourselves.

    You might say that when we are self-deceived, we are trapped inside a box, the limits of which distort our world view so we see other people as objects of little importance. To break free of self-deception, we must break free of the box.

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    What is Leadership and Self-Deception about?

    This book will show you how and why most people are in a state of self-deception where they view their needs as more important than those of people around them. It demonstrates the negative impact this self-deception has on our lives, but also shows a way out of this state, benefiting both our private and professional lives.

    Leadership and Self-Deception Review

    Leadership And Self Deception (2000) is an eye-opening book that unveils the powerful effects of self-deception on our lives. Here's why this book is a must-read:

    • It offers a unique perspective on leadership and personal development, focusing on the often-overlooked role of self-deception.
    • The book presents relatable stories and practical tools to help readers identify and overcome self-deception.
    • Its insights are applicable to both professional and personal relationships, leading to improved communication and understanding.

    Unlock your potential by picking up a copy of Leadership And Self Deception today.

    Who should read Leadership and Self-Deception?

    • Anyone who wants his or her company to have a more positive and effective working attitude
    • Anyone who wants to learn how to become an inspiring leader
    • Anyone who feels they sometimes mistreat people who are important to them

    About the Author

    The Arbinger Institute is a global consulting company comprising international and multidisciplinary scholars. It is recognized as leader in organizational culture, and its other books include The Anatomy of Peace and The Choice.

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    What is the main message of Leadership And Self Deception?

    Leadership And Self Deception reveals the impact of self-deception on leadership, relationships, and personal growth.

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    Is Leadership And Self Deception a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Leadership And Self Deception is a thought-provoking read that offers unique insights into leadership and personal development.

    Who is the author of Leadership And Self Deception?

    The author of Leadership And Self Deception is the Arbinger Institute.

    How many chapters are in Leadership And Self Deception?

    Leadership And Self Deception by Arbinger Institute has 10 chapters. The chapters are:

    1. Self-Deception and the Box
    2. Collusion
    3. The Problem of Self-Deception
    4. The Need for Justification
    5. The Anatomy of Self-Deception
    6. In the Box
    7. Outside the Box
    8. The Way Out
    9. Leadership and Self-Deception
    10. Life Outside the Box

    How many pages are in Leadership And Self Deception?

    Leadership And Self Deception has 216 pages.

    When was Leadership And Self Deception published?

    Leadership And Self Deception was first published in 2000.

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