The Five Temptations of a CEO

The Five Temptations of a CEO highlights the common pitfalls faced by leaders. The lessons of The Five Temptations of a CEO are as relevant today as ever, and this special anniversary edition celebrates ten years of inspiration and enlightenment with a brand new introduction and reflections from Lencioni on the new challenges in business and leadership.


The Concept

Being the CEO of an organization is one of the most difficult challenges a person can face in a career. But it is not a complicated one. In fact, when it comes right down to it, there are only five really important things a CEO has to do in order to optimize his or her success. But more importantly, a CEO has to avoid the five temptations that lead to eventual failure.

The Model

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  • Temptation #1: Status

    Strategy for Overcoming: Focus on results
  • Temptation #2: Popularity

    Strategy for Overcoming: Hold people accountable
  • Temptation #3: Certainty

    Strategy for Overcoming: Provide clarity
  • Temptation #4: Harmony

    Strategy for Overcoming: Establish productive conflict
  • Temptation #5: Invulnerability

    Strategy for Overcoming: Build trust
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Free Tools & Resources

The resources listed below include general book information and a series of downloads referenced in the back section of the book.