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The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human Enterprise, Second Edition by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

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Chapter 6. The rot at the top

 

Convincing yourself does not win an argument.

 
 --ROBERT HALF
 

The world is full of cactus, but we don’t have to sit on it.

 
 --WILL FOLEY
 

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

 
 --SIR WILLIAM OSLER

All of us have specific ways of thinking and perceiving, styles of experiencing emotion, methods of subjective experience in general, and modes of activity that are associated with various forms of neurotic behavior. As indicated before, these unique ways of dealing with the environment are based on patterns that are deeply embedded, pervasive, and likely to endure. The “fantasies” or scripts that make up a person’s interior world – the stereotyped, well-rehearsed, constantly repeated ways of behaving and acting ...

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