Invented Life: Reflections on Leadership and Change

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bennis ( 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 Journal
Bennis, 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 This work is a collection of articles written over a 30-year time frame--none of which is outdated.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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201627145
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/2/2004
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,036,634
  • Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California and a consultant to multinational companies and governments around the world. He also chairs the Advisory Board of the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. He is author of more than thirty books and dozens of other articles on leadership, including Managing the Dream, Organizing Genius, and Learning to Lead. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Table of Contents

1 An Invented Life: Shoe Polish, Milli Vanilli and Sapiential Circles 1
2 Is Democracy Inevitable? 37
3 The Wallenda Factor 57
4 The Coming Death of Bureaucracy 61
5 The Four Competencies of Leadership 75
6 Managing the Dream 87
7 False Grit 95
8 On the Leading Edge of Change 103
9 Searching for the Perfect University President 109
10 When to Resign 141
11 Followership 157
12 Ethics Aren't Optional 161
13 Change: The New Metaphysics 165
14 Meet Me in Macy's Window 173
15 Corporate Boards 183
16 Information Overload Anxiety (and How to overcome it) 193
17 Our Federalist Future: The Leadership Imperative 203
Index 225
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