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All managers who fail make the same basic mistakes; they succumb to one, or more, of the five temptations of a manager. In this insightful and entertaining book, Lencioni reveals how to recognise and overcome the major pitfalls of leadership.

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I saw Patrick Lencioni speak once and he was interesting and engaging. The fact that I give him a low rating here is not because I don't think he has something significant to say or that his presentation isn't good. Great on both counts. However this book is not addressed to someone in my context (looking toward Pastoral ministry) and to my mind demonstrates some of the problems of the Pastor as CEO model loved by some churches (At least one reviewer on Goodreads recommends this book for all church leaders).

So what are the problems? Here is Lencioni's 5 temptations of a CEO:

1. Choosing Status over Results
2. Choosing Popularity over Accountability
3. Choosing Certainty over Clarity
4. Choosing Harmony over productive Conflict
5. Choosing invulnerability over trust

These are presented in the form of a parable about a CEO facing his first annual board meeting after a year that was 'unspectacular at best.' As the CEO, Andrew, prepares for the meeting he meets a Custodian on the subway who explains these temptations which illuminate why he is failing as a CEO.
While this book fits into one of my least favorite genres (business fiction), it has some good advice for leaders that could probably apply to a variety of contexts.

So what is my problem? Why shouldn't every Christian leader read this book? Probably because they would be tempted to follow Lencioni's advice. Certainly Christian leaders should not be out to amass status (temptation 1) but they should not necessarily focus on results. Biblical fruitfulness is less about gaining market share and more butts in the seats and more about faithfulness than results. When Lencioni talks about accountability being better than popularity, what he means is that it is incumbent upon leaders to hold their 'direct reports accountable to following through on their commitments' rather than trying to be their buddy. Certainly pastors need to hold congregants and staff accountable to their commitment to Christ and his mission. But something about soul care is necessary for this to translate to a ministry context. Our ultimate commitment to people is not to make them better producers for the Kingdom, but to help them do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with their God. The whole context of business leadership has a different telos than Church leadership. While business leaders necessarily and properly focus on success, production and results, as Church leaders such concepts are bound up with the work of the Triune God who affected our salvation in Christ and is at work bringing the Kingdom in its fullness. Our part as Christian leaders isn't to make and produce and hold people to account, but to live a life faithful to Christ which compels others to follow him.

I have less issues with Temptations 3-5. Here what Lencioni says can be applied well to Church leadership. So read it if you must, but be critical in how you apply it.

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  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
La fable est amusante mais je trouve les 5 tentations peu convaincantes et la démonstration pas assez claire. The One minute manager est beaucoup mieux. ( )
  grimm | Sep 23, 2008 |
This is really more of a reaction than a review, but I thought it might be of interest to somebody out there...

The Five Temptations

I stumbled across a book at the library last week called The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick Lencioni. Intrigued by the title, I checked it out and took it home. It turned out to be both a good book and a quick read.

The ideas in the book are neatly encapsulated in “The Model”, a short section towards the end of the book. The model lists the five temptations:

Choosing status choosing results
Choosing popularity over accountability
Choosing certainty over clarity
Choosing harmony over productive conflict
Choosing invulnerability over trust
I’ve been thinking about my own strengths and weaknesses and how they manifest in this particular model.

Status over results

I don’t think that this is particularly a problem for me. My primary motivation for work these days is paying for my children’s autism therapy, not moving ahead in the world. I have worked with (and for) people for whom this was a primary motivation. The big problem that I saw coming out of this was risk-aversion. They didn’t want to do anything that might endanger their status.

Popularity over accountability

It is tempting to try and be friends with the people who work for you. When everything is going well, it isn’t a problem. But when there are problems, it usually makes the problem harder. I have, and do, struggle with holding people accountable, but popularity isn’t the core of the problem. The core of the problem for me lies in temptation number three.

Certainty over clarity

I am fairly risk-averse by nature. In my early years as a manager, I put off a lot of decisions that I should have made because I wanted to be absolutely sure that I was making the right decisions. With the help of a good therapist and some good managers, I’ve gotten a lot better at this in the past five or six years. The desire for certainty made it harder for me to hold people accountable. Because I was waiting to be certain, I didn’t commit to a decision and make it clear to the team. Since I hadn’t given them clarity, it didn’t seem fair to hold them accountable. That’s a point that the author calls out explicitly, and it really rings true for me.

Harmony over productive conflict

This is another one that poses a challenge for me. I spent 2002 working on a Masters degree in counseling (then my kids were diagnosed with autism and I realized this wasn’t a viable career change, I never went back for the second year of the program). One of the more interesting things that we did was something called the Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode instrument. It rates you in various styles of handling conflicts. It took me a while to make sense of my results. My two high areas (much higher than the others) were Avoiding and Competing. In fact, they tied each other for #1. After thinking about it for a while, I realized that it did fit. I preferred to avoid conflict if possible, but once it was clearly unavoidable, I became very competitive and tried to “win”. In fact, I tended to come out swinging for blood. Neither of these are terribly effective ways of handling conflict, and now I know that I need to watch that carefully. As a manager, I need to make sure that I don’t squash the conflicts that a team needs to go through in order to evaluate alternatives and reach good decisions. At a previous company I watched one of the senior executives squash any conflicts that involved his staff. It prevented some serious personnel problems from getting solved. I work hard now to distinguish between unproductive conflict that needs to be squashed and productive conflict that needs to be fostered.

Invulnerability over trust

I’ve made deliberate choices to be vulnerable. As I see it, in order to be invulnerable, I would have to behave as though I didn’t trust anyone. That’s just too depressing of an assumption for me. Assuming that people aren’t trustworthy, and then acting accordingly makes me unhappy. ( )
1 stem bughunter | Apr 15, 2008 |
a leadership fable

  aletheia21 | Feb 9, 2007 |
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