On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis

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Deemed “the dean of leadership gurus” by Forbes magazine, Warren Bennis has for years persuasively argued that leaders are not born—they are made. Delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to achieve it, his classic work On Becoming a Leader has served as a source of essential insight for countless readers. In a world increasingly defined by turbulence and uncertainty, the call to leadership is more urgent than ever.

Featuring a provocative new introduction, this new edition will inspire a fresh generation of potential leaders to excellence.


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Warren Bennisis Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California and a consultant to multinational companies and governments throughout the world. He is the author of dozens of articles and over thirty books on leadership, includingLearning to LeadandOrganizing Genius. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
Published March 3, 2009 by Basic Books. 298 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Briefly stated, his largely unexceptionable message is that purposeful individuals with genuine viewpoints who accept full responsibility for their own actions can become effective leaders--provided they lead examined lives, have integrity as well as initiative, and foster a capacity for inspirin...

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Those who aspire to become leaders - or to become more effective leaders - will find much of value in this latest edition even as some will question Bennis' selection of some of the exemplary leaders such as Herb Alpert, Norman Lear, and Sydney Pollack.

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Warren Bennis epitomized the role of leader as a practitioner of the liberal arts, putting people at the very heart of things.

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Grasping For The Wind

... Genre: Leadership, Non-fiction, Business On Friday, I finished reading Warren
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Apr 24 2007 | Read Full Review of On Becoming a Leader

Ben Casnocha

I guess the only way to prevent ambition from killing your intellectual life is not to be afraid of losing, or to say something people might think is wrong, or crazy, something the institution isn’t ready to hear yet…If you want a concrete tip, learn how to speed read.

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