Why Leaders Can't Lead: The Unconscious Conspiracy Continues / Edition 1

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Overview

A Selection of the Executive Program and Fortune Book Clubs

Leaders beware. There's an unconscious conspiracy afoot, aiming to sabotage your plans and undermine your vision. Entrenched bureaucracy, ominous social trends, and mind-numbing routine are among its members?and their proliferation is an unfortunate sign of our times. But take heart. In this highly acclaimed work, legendary management consultant Warren Bennis unmasks the culprits, analyzes their tactics, and offers new insights for change agents struggling to take charge in an era that conspires against effective leadership.

The best book on how leaders can lead.
--Peter Drucker

Bennis teaches leaders to maximize their virtues, correct their faults, face change successfully, and love their work. Leaders will win, but so will their organizations: Bennis advocates a collaborative leadership that empowers employees and enhances organizational effectiveness.

A priceless gift to those seeking to be accountable leaders.
--Max De Pree, author of Leading Without Power

So learn why leaders can't lead. Then learn how they can lead. This book--alive with warmth and wisdom--is essential reading both for leaders and for the human resource professionals who teach them.

Warren Bennis, author of The Unconscious Conspiracy, explores the current state of leadership, analyzing difficulties in the path of anyonq who tries to take charge of an organization, giving advice on keeping inertia and turmoil from destroying their impact.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Warren Bennis is one of the most perceptive and experienced writers on leadership and management....The book is full of lively insights expressed in vivid terms." --John W. Gardner, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare

"Only Warren Bennis has the unique combination of thirty years' study of leaders and leadership and twenty years' practical experience as COO and CEO of large and difficult organizations that makes Why Leaders Can't Lead the best book on how leaders can lead." --Peter Drucker

"Warren Bennis is one of the most perceptive and experienced writers on leadership and management. . . . He knows a lot about why our common efforts don't work and how they might be made to work. The book is full of lively insights expressed in vivid terms." --John W. Gardner, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and founding chairman of Common Cause

"This is vintage Bennis! Bennis at his best!" --Robert TownsAnd, author of Up the Organization and Further Up the Organization

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787909437
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/21/1997
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 642,228
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

WARREN G. BENNIS is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California. He is coauthor of the best-selling book Leaders (over 200,000 copies sold) and other seminal works. Bennis has been a university president and adviser to four U.S. presidents. He is now a leading corporate consultant.
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Table of Contents

Part One: The Unconscious Conspiracy and How to Confound It.

1. One Job, One Year, One Life.

2. Learning Some Basic Truisms About Leadership.

3. The New Metaphysics of Our Age.

Part Two: A Society Without Dreams.

4. The Long Slide from True Leadership.

5. Back to the Future.

6. The Age of Unreality.

7. Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Part Three: Parts of the Problem.

8. Bosses as Heroes and Celebrities.

9. When There Are Too Many Chiefs.

10. Bottom-Line Obsessions.

11. Untapped Human Capital.

12. The Perils of Accord.

13. The Pornography of Leadership.

14. When Winning Is Losing.

15. The Name of the Game Is Greed.

Part Four: Parts of the Solution.

16. Leading to Make a Difference.

17. A Bright Future for Complexity.

18. Letting Virtues Shine Through.

19. Quitting on Principle.

20. Canceling the Doppelgajnger Effect.

21. Leader Power That No One Has.

22. Avoiding Disaster During Periods of Change.

23. Dealing with the Way Things Are.

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