Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyBennis ( Leaders ), a former president of the Univeristy of Cincinnati and currently a business professor at the University of Southern California, analyzes leadership and change in these superb essays. He maintains that America has a shortage of leaders (``people who do the right thing'') and an abundance of managers (``people who do things right''), which results in ``underled and overmanaged'' American business and educational organizations. Bennis blames America's management schools. ``We teach people how to be good technicians . . . but we just don't train people for leadership.'' In studying 90 leaders, Bennis discovered that their only common characteristic was ``a guiding purpose, an overarching vision.'' His thoughts on corporate boards, ethics and information overload are perceptive, as is his essay on ``Searching for the Perfect University President.'' This book should appeal to the business, educational administration and trade markets. (Apr.)
Library JournalBennis, a well-known name in management literature, has written many books, including On Becoming a Leader ( LJ 8/89). This work is a collection of articles written over a 30-year time frame--none of which is outdated. Many focus on the nature of leadership and incorporate Bennis's own reflections on serving as a university president. Included are essays on democracy and trust in the workplace, followership, the role of corporate boards, and ethical issues in organizations. Highly recommended for all business collections.-- Jane M. Kathman, Coll. of St. Benedict Lib., St. Joseph, Minn.
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