A CEO Tale

Think you’re ready for the CEO seat? If you’re a senior manager or executive whose sight is set on that exalted position, pick up The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. Inside, you’ll discover the perils that plague chief executives and jeopardize their careers.

While the information in Five Temptations isn’t new, it’s presented in a refreshing manner that departs from standard business books. Written in literary prose, the central case study is presented as a “leadership fable.” Its reader-friendly format makes the book’s premise-being a CEO “is conceptually simple, unless you’re failing”-easy to grasp and digest.

In the allegory, you’ll learn the five pitfalls of high-ranking executives: choosing (1) status over results; (2) popularity over accountability; (3) certainty over clarity; (4) harmony over productive conflict; and/or (5) invulnerability over trust. The summary highlights the nuts and bolts of each problem and offers advice on how to begin to overcome them. A self-assessment section helps you identify the telltale signs that you might be headed down the wrong path.

The Five Temptations of a CEO is thought-provoking and engaging and clearly identifies the reasons why CEOs fail. Despite the positives, the book lacks helpful resources or in-depth advice. However, it does set the stage for those willing to learn.

The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, $14). To order, call BooksNow! at 800-BOOKS-NOW or visit www.BooksNow.com/BlackEnterprise.

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