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On Becoming a Leader


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On Becoming a Leader Revised Edition

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On Becoming a Leader Revised Edition

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Warren Bennis is 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, including Learning to Lead and Organizing Genius. He lives in Santa Monica, California.


Bennis here deplores what he considers a dearth of leadership in the world. ``Although he provides solid, practical guidance on how to fill this vacuum, his philosophically and psychologically rich volume seeks primarily to define leadership--which, in his view, requires self-knowledge and clear personal goals,'' reported PW. (Oct.)

Bennis, author of the popular Leaders: The Strategies of Taking Charge (LJ 4/1/85) and also co-author of The Unreality Industry , reviewed in this issue, p. 00.-- Ed. , has interviewed hundreds of leaders over time, and he uses 30 of them to illustrate his points. He does this by quoting them, as appropriate, in the various chapters of the book--``Understand The Basics,'' ``Operating on Instinct,'' ``Knowing Yourself,'' etc. He still sees vision as an essential ingredient for leadership, but in this work stresses how to find the vision. ``The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely--all your skills, gifts, and energies--in order to make your vision manifest.'' Recommended for all business collections.-- Michael D. Kathman, St. John's Univ., Collegeville, Minn.

On Becoming a Leader is the indispensable handbook for anyone who had become a leader. Warren Bennis maps the terrain of leadership with a rare sense of wisdom and authority.
--Daniel Goleman
Only Warren Bennis could write a book on leadership that is so inspiring and insightful, captivating and wise, eloquent and revealing. His beautifully crafted stories of outstanding leaders and their fascinating paths to power are sure to launch an exciting journey of self-exploration for future leaders.--Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Warren Bennis-master practitioner, researcher, and theoretician all in one-has managed to create a practical primer for leaders without sacrificing an iota of necessary subtlety and complexity. No topic is more important; no more able and caring person has attacked it.--Tom Peters
Warren Bennis's insight and his gift with words make these lessons, from some of America's most interesting leaders, compelling reading for every executive.--Charles Handy
Warren Bennis's pioneering work is so central in the field of leadership studies that many of us forget that he was the source of numerous foundational ideas.--Howard Gardner

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