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Acclaimed lecturer, sought-after consultant, and prolificwriter, Warren Bennis is one of the world's leading experts onleadership. As a top-level advisor to four U.S. Presidents andDistinguished Professor of Business at the University of SouthernCalifornia, Bennis's influence cannot be overestimated.

The Essential Bennis brings together a collection of WarrenBennis's most memorable writings from an extraordinary career thatspans more than fifty years. This retrospective of his life's workreflects Bennis's rich personal experiences, from which he hasgleaned provocative insights and valuable lessons. Focusing on thetopic of leadership, each chapter in the collection stands on itsown merit. However, to enhance the reader's experience, the essaysare illuminated with comments from Bennis's wide array ofcollaborators and friends, including Charles Handy, Rosabeth MossKanter, Glenn Close, Steven Sample, Frances Hesselbein, HowardGardner, and Bill George. The venerable Sidney Harman shares histhoughts on the chapter titled "The Seven Ages of the Leader," andbusiness management expert Tom Peters offers his view on the "TheComing Death of Bureaucracy."

The book begins with reflections on Bennis's life as a leaderand reveals the daunting challenges he faced as president of theUniversity of Cincinnati during the turbulent 1970s. He shows howthat experience influenced his ideas on leadership. The EssentialBennis goes on to explore the many aspects of leadership, includinghow organizations create leaders (or don't), what it means tobecome a leader, why leadership is also a performing art, how tocultivate leadership qualities in others, and how the media definesa leader.

If you are familiar with Warren Bennis, this remarkablecollection of his ideas will be especially meaningful. If you arejust discovering the wonders of Warren Bennis, enjoy thejourney.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470432396
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,522,387
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and founding chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. He also serves as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including On Becoming a Leader, Organizing Genius, Judgment, and Leading for a Lifetime.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Charles Handy).

Introduction (Warren Bennis).

Part 1: My Life as a Leader.

An Invented Life: Shoe Polish, Milli Vanilli, and SapientialCircles (1971, 1993).

Martin Kaplan on “An Invented Life”.

Berkeley of the East and What Went Wrong (1973).

Patricia Ward Biederman on “The Berkeley of theEast” and “ What Went Wrong”.

Searching for the “Perfect” University President(1971).

Steven B. Sample on “Searching for the 'Perfect'University President”.

Foreword to The Age of Heretics (2008).

Part 2: How Organizations Create or Thwart Leaders.

Democracy Is Inevitable (1964, 1990, 1998).

Rosabeth Moss Kanter on “Democracy IsInevitable”.

The Coming Death of Bureaucracy (1966, 2000).

Tom Peters on “The Coming Death of Bureaucracy”.

The End of the Great Man (1997).

Scott Snook and Rakesh Khurana on “The End of the GreatMan”.

The Pornography of Everyday Life (1976).

Winning and Losing (1988).

Lessons from Larry (2006).

When to Resign (1972).

A Corporate Fear of Too Much Truth (2002).

James O'Toole on “When to Resign” and “ACorporate Fear of Too Much Truth”.

March of Folly Redux: Iraq (2003).

Part 3: On Becoming a Leader.

Learning Some Basic Truisms About Leadership (1989, 1996).

Understanding the Basics (1989, 2003).

Frances Hesselbein on “Understanding theBasics”.

Deploying Yourself: Strike Hard, Try Everything (1989).

Judgment Trumps Experience (2007).

The Crucibles of Leadership (2004).

Susan Nero on “The Crucibles of Leadership”.

The Alchemy of Leadership (2002).

Howard Gardner on “The Alchemy of Leadership”.

Epilogue to the Twentieth-Anniversary Edition of On Becoming aLeader (2009).

David Gergen on “Epilogue to the Twentieth-AnniversaryEdition of On Becoming a Leader”.

Part 4: Leadership as Performance.

The Seven Ages of the Leader (2004).

Sidney Harman on “The Seven Ages of the Leader”.

The Leader as Storyteller (1996).

Peter Guber on “The Leader as Storyteller”.

Leadership as a Performing Art (2002).

Glenn Close on “Leadership as Performing Art”.

Part 5: Cultivating the Leader in Others.

The Challenges of Leadership in the Modern World (2007).

Bill George on “The Challenges of Leadership in the ModernWorld”.

How Business Schools Lost Their Way (2005).

Joel Podolny on “How Business Schools Lost TheirWay”.

The End of Leadership (1999).

Introduction to The Art of Followership (2008).

Followers Make Good Leaders Good (1989).

Jean Lipman-Blumen on “Introduction to The Art ofFollowership” and “Followers Make Good LeadersGood”.

Part 6: Leadership and the Media.

The Age of Unreality (1989).

News Analysis: It's the Culture (2003).

Geneva Overholser on “News Analysis: It’s theCulture”.

The New Transparency (2008).

Geoff Cowan on “The New Transparency”.


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