Book review: Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

Reviewers Thoughts

As blind people, leadership isn’t just a choice—it’s our reality. Whether we’re nailing it by advocating for ourselves in all walks of life or simply wishing we could sidestep these responsibilities, the mantle of leadership is ours, ready or not.

Now, given this leadership role we find ourselves in, striving to excel becomes a no-brainer, right? That’s where this gem of a book comes into play. It’s essentially a masterclass in viewing our daily interactions through a lens of empathy and understanding, steering us towards seeing others as humans with their own dreams and challenges, rather than mere chess pieces on our board of life.

The core premise? Success, both personal and professional, blooms from nurturing genuine relationships rather than manipulating people to our will. It’s a lesson that, despite being framed within the corporate world—yes, the setting is mostly an executive boardroom, which might seem a tad alienating for some—holds invaluable insights for us all.

Don’t let the corporate veneer deter you, though. The wisdom nestled within these pages transcends its setting and is something I believe we all, especially those of us in leadership by circumstance, need to digest and incorporate into our lives.


In a nutshell, “Leadership and Self-Deception” isn’t just a book; it’s an annual appointment you should make with yourself. It’s not a hefty tome that’ll sit collecting dust; it’s a concise, powerful read that packs a punch well above its weight class.

So, my verdict? This isn’t just a recommendation; it’s a plea. Read it, absorb it, and then circle back to it. Whether you’re effortlessly guiding others or you’re someone who’d rather not be in the spotlight, this book holds the key to transforming how you lead and, ultimately, how you live. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Book Details


Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box


The Arbinger Institute


Book: 240 pages
Audiobook: 6 hrs, 1 min

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