Leadership & Self-Deception, A Jesus Perspective

As I listened to today’s Gospel reading at church, it occurred to me that no one has better described being “out of the box” in our conflict and relationship with others than Jesus. As I reflect on the significance of Leadership & Self-Deception, I think that the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception: Iyanla Vanzant Apologizes to Oprah

Today’s Oprah Show featuring Iyanla Vanzant was one of the most powerful representations of conflict management and resolution that I’ve seen on television. This clip from the beginning of the show demonstrates the kind of leadership that I’ve written about for the last two weeks in my articles on Leadership & Self-Deception (begins here and … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception: When You Are Right

“I did not get on the bus to get arrested. I got on the bus to go home. I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving in. Somehow I felt I was right to stand up to that bus driver. I knew I could have been lynched or … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception: A Spiritual Perspective

All things are possible when we realize the truth is not trapped by what we see on the outside– Jason Upton Two weeks ago, I wrote an extensive 5 part series of reflection on the book Leadership and Self-Deception. It perhaps is the most important book that I’ve read in the last five years, and … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception, Part 5: Forgiveness

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. … Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception, Part 4: Mistreat Me, Please

It started in 2001. I was working in a law firm in a job most any lawyer would consider the perfect situation. I was the right hand guy for the firm’s managing partner. I had a 15th floor office that faced the downtown Nashville skyline. I made more money that year than any year of … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception, Part 3: Blame

“Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans and myself from the community of sinners.” — Miroslav Volf In one of my prior jobs, I served as an adjunct professor for an extended period of time. I became quite comfortable in the position and with my colleagues, and I had only … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception, Part 2: Shame

The young mother was stranded on the side of the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles, and two children stood at her side. It was 10 pm. I was on my way home from a dinner with friends, and I was tired after a long day. I saw her as I approached the area of the … Continue reading

Leadership & Self-Deception: Inside the Box

It was 1995, and I was in my dream job in Washington, D.C. I had just been appointed by a member of Congress as his legislative assistant after a mere 3 months of Hill experience, and I was excited about my new job. I had been in graduate school for 4 years, and it was … Continue reading

My Top 20 Books on Leadership and Management

There is no shortage of books on leadership and management these days, and it’s a bit difficult to know where to begin. I have spent the last several reading a number of them, and I also have tracked the preferences of those I respect in the field. If I had to recommend 20 best books … Continue reading