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The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

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Temptation 1

The most important principle that an executive must embrace is a desire to produce results. As obvious as this sounds, it is not universally practiced by the highest-ranking executives in many companies. Many CEOs put something ahead of results on their list of priorities, and it represents the most dangerous of all the temptations: the desire to protect the status of their careers.
 
How can a person become the CEO of a company and not be a maniac for results? Most CEOs were results maniacs before reaching their ultimate jobs. Once they “arrive,” though, many of them focus primarily on preserving their status. This occurs because their real purpose in life has always been personal gain. With nowhere to go but down, it almost ...

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