The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities

The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities

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Shay was still angry but shrugged nonchalantly as if to say, it's not that big of a deal. "So, what am I wrong about?"

"You're not going to want to hear this, but I have to tell you anyway." Liam paused before finishing. "You might be working hard, but you're not doing it for the company."

"What the hell does that mean?" Shay wanted to know.

Knowing that his adversary might punch him for what he was about to say, Liam responded. "You're doing it for yourself."

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 what may be his edgiest page-turner to date, Lencioni thrusts his readers into a day-long conversation between rival CEOs. Shay Davis is the CEO of Golden Gate Alarm, who, after just a year in his role, is beginning to worry about his job and is desperate to figure out how to turn things around. With nowhere else to turn, Shay receives some hard-to-swallow advice from the most unlikely and unwanted source--Liam Alcott, CEO of a more successful security company and his most hated opponent.

Lencioni uses unexpected plot twists and crisp dialogue to take us on a journey that culminates in a resolution that is as unexpected as it is enlightening. As he does in his other books, he then provides a straightforward summary of the lessons from the fable, combining a clear explanation of his theory with practical advice to help executives examine their true motivation for leading. 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.

Title:The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781119600459
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  • Morgan Blackledge

    Another great book by Patrick Lencioni (author of Five Dysfunctions of a Team). This leadership series is written in the form of fictional ‘fables’ i.e. pedagogical stories. It’s a really cool, ...

  • Michael Wolcott

    Read the book in one sitting—one of his shortest and includes a great message. He articulates reward-centered and responsibility-centered leaders in a quick tale to help others recognize it they’v...

  • Amy

    My brother is a huge Patrick Lencioni fan so I'm pretty sure I put this one on my to-read list to appease him. But turns out...he was right. (This time.)I would give this book 5 stars for the leadersh...

  • Maksim Borissov

    Sweet and short. And above all - inspiring...

  • Aaron Mikulsky

    In this fable, Shay Davis is the CEO of Golden Gate Security, who, after just a year in his role, is beginning to worry about his job and is desperate to turn things around. With nowhere else to turn,...

  • Andy

    Well done for what it is. Lencioni makes it seem totally obvious that bosses should do basic management stuff that I have rarely seen bosses doing. The worst bosses won't read this in the first place....

  • Nadya Ichinomiya

    Short book (less than 3 hours) but plenty of impactful insights into a reward-centered leader (who thinks they have a right to be a leader...after so many years of hard work) contrasted with a respons...

  • Jens

    Came here after listening to Andy Standley's interview about it on his podcast. Really great reminder for every leader that especially you can't escape the hard conversations or the unpleasant troops....

  • Aaron

    Short but sweet. Have not read Lencioni before, but he seems focused on large companies and specifically CEOs, not even just mere C-levels. Not necessarily what I was going for, but interesting anyway...

  • Dunori

    This is probably my second favourite of the three books I've read by him, although with the genre of inspirational specifically about office work not being a tremendously enjoyed one, none of his publ...