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The Motive

The Motive


By Patrick Lencioni

New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni has written a dozen books that focus on how leaders can build teams and lead organizations. In The Motive, he shifts his attention toward helping them understand the importance of why they're leading in the first place. In addition to provoking readers to honestly assess themselves, Lencioni presents action steps for changing their approach in five key areas. In doing so, he helps leaders avoid the pitfalls that stifle their organizations and even hurt the people they are meant to serve.

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Praise for the The Motive

“The Motive rocked me to my core. A gift for any aspiring CEO, or current one. I wish Pat Lencioni had written this 30 years ago!”

Jason McCann CEO, Varidesk

“This may be Pat’s best work of fiction yet. His characters are human, and the plot twists and turns kept surprising me. And of course, the lesson about our motives is critical for anyone who leads or wants to lead.”

Elizabeth Bryant Chief Learning Officer Southwest Airlines

“A person’s motive for leading can eventually determine whether his or her people thrive or suffer. In this quick and engaging story, Pat makes it possible for leaders to understand their motive and get on the right path.”

Henry Cloud best-selling author, Boundaries, Necessary Endings, and The Power of the Other

“Lencioni does it again! In The Motive, he reveals the ‘oh no’ and the ‘ah ha’ about how our motives impact our success. I’m going to have all my new and emerging leaders read it before entering our management development program.”

Amy Bastuga Chief People Officer, Radio Flyer

“If you’re leading for the wrong reason, it doesn’t matter what techniques you use. Every leader, young and old, needs to understand their motive if they want to succeed!”