Decidedly, I’m going to spill the beans by telling you the five temptations, which are:
Choosing status over results;
Choosing popularity over accountability;
Choosing certainty over clarity;
Choosing harmony over productive conflict; and
Choosing invulnerability over trust.
Although I may have let the cat out of the bag, I did not ruin the book for you. Unlike many books on leadership, THE FIVE TEMPTATIONS makes it points by using a rather creative approach instead of simply declaring its edicts. More specifically, the author creates a story rich with examples to illustrate his points while insisting on the simplicity of his message. The author’s ability to create an interesting story that gets right to the point is refreshing particularly when many leadership books loose much of their impact via long-winded anecdotal points.
As one reads and finishes this book, s/he cannot avoid self-analysis and pondering whether the five tenets of the book really are the main issues that characterize the challenges of CEOs. Could most, if not all, current leadership challenges really be reduced to these five basic temptations?
THE FIVE TEMPTATIONS OF A CEO is short and sweet and could easily be the basis of a spirited debate among friends and colleagues.