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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box Paperback – October 16, 2009
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The book is amazingly easy to follow albeit the heavy subject, and it leads one effortlessly, through a story, to an awareness that is both liberating and inspiring. You'll want to apply the principles immediately!
One response to reading this book is to get those people around you to read the book also, which could very well be detrimental if not pursued with the right spirit and motive.
A simply written book with the possibility of making a huge impact.
Still that's perhaps not a problem for most readers, and I guess that many people would find this approach more interesting to read than a straight discussion of the principles.