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For many years, Warren Bennis has persuasively argued that leaders' are not born-they are made. And for countless readers, On Becoming a Leader has served as a beacon of insight, delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to achieve it. In a world increasingly defined by turbulence and uncertainty, the call to leadership is more urgent than ever. Featuring a provocative new epilogue on the challenges and opportunities facing leaders ...
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Overview

For many years, Warren Bennis has persuasively argued that leaders' are not born-they are made. And for countless readers, On Becoming a Leader has served as a beacon of insight, delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to achieve it. In a world increasingly defined by turbulence and uncertainty, the call to leadership is more urgent than ever. Featuring a provocative new epilogue on the challenges and opportunities facing leaders today, this new edition will inspire the next generation and guide us into the future.

Bennis profiles leaders from all walks of life and analyzes the leadership process in unusual depth. "Thank God for Warren Bennis."--Tom Peters

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  • ISBN-13: 9780201409291
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Edition description: 2ND, REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction to the Revised Edition, 2003 xiii

Introduction to the Original Edition, 1989 xxix

1 Mastering the Context 1

2 Understanding the Basics 33

3 Knowing Yourself 49

4 Knowing the World 67

5 Operating on Instinct 95

6 Deploying Yourself: Strike Hard, Try Everything 107

7 Moving Through Chaos 135

8 Getting People on Your Side 147

9 Organizations Can Help-or Hinder 165

10 Forging the Future 185

Epilogue to the Twentieth-Anniversary Edition 199

Biographies 227

References 241

Index 245

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

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    In the mid-1980s, Warren Bennis wrote this classic model for modern leadership based on personal growth, self-expression, learning and integrity, drawing from interviews with dozens of leaders. Most importantly, he found, leaders do not seek to lead. Instead, they seek to express themselves fully. They embrace risks and mistakes, learning from adversity. They reflect on all of their experiences. With these skills, they inspire others to follow them. They turn organizations into communities which find each member¿s highest potential. Bennis falls into the one mistake he accuses American managers of making: he takes a poll (of successful leaders) and then gets caught in short-term thinking to address its results. As a result, this pessimistic analysis of American business is dated today. In the 21st century¿s light, some of his examples ¿ i.e. the late Robert Maxwell and Apple Computer¿s John Sculley ¿ seem quite dubious. However, we appreciate Bennis¿ basic, inspiring philosophy of leadership and so will you. Read this if you want to lead ¿ and be good at it.

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