Confession: I started this book with a slightly closed mind. I’ve read a lot of leadership books with so-called “new” methods to solving all cultural and organizational problems. Then when I realized it was written in an allegorical format with fictional characters, I just about threw the book in the trash. I’ve always felt that business or principle based books written in a story format were a gimmick to make 15 pages into 200 pages–a book with more pages appears more legit.

I’m happy to report I stuck with it and really appreciated what it taught and how it made me reevaluate my approach to leadership. What really surprised me was after I finished it how much it stuck with me–I kept thinking about it.

Many of the principles taught can be found in other behavioral book like Crucial Conversations; however, Leadership and Self-deception help me review and internalize good communication on a deeper level.

I’ll be discussing some of the principles in the book  as it relates to LDS leadership in future posts. Topics covering the core principles of the book:

  •  The Problem Beneath Other Problems
  • The Deep Choice That Determines Influence
  • Life in the Box
  • Collusion

The big take away here is to go read this book. I’m interested in hearing your thoughts as well. It would be a fantastic ward council activity to have all auxiliary leaders read and discuss this book.

If you have read this book, how have you applied the principles into your church leadership?


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