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About the Author

Warren G. Bennis is university professor and founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. He is also chairman of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He has written more than twenty-five books on leadership, change, and creative collaboration including Leaders, which was recently designated by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 business books of all time. His most recent book is Geeks & Geezers.



Burt Nanus is a well-known expert on leadership and the author of many books on the subject, including Visionary Leadership. Now professor emeritus of management at the University of Southern California, he was also research director of the Leadership Institute.
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Product Details

  • Series: Collins Business Essentials
  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 2nd edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060559543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060559540
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kimberly Newton on October 18, 2005
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Learning the differences between manager and leader are essential to successful executives. Bennis and Nanus' book gives specific examples of the fundamental elements needed for both positions, beginning with strategies, the first of which is having a vision for the organization. Meaningful quotes from dozens of world leaders throughout the book, many of which were interviewed for their leadership views. The authors end with leadership empowerment, a motivational closing to anyone with their sights set on being a successful leader. Recommended reading for those on their way up as well as a good reminder of the importance of staying focused for those already leading.
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This is a classic book that worths reading over and over. From the surface, most of the concepts do not seem new. However, great material (at least to me) is popping up here and there while going through the book. For example, the vision chapter. It goes a lot deeper than the vague concept we hear on regular basis. It first defines it; then it explains why vision can lead an organization; next, it illustrates where vision comes from; lastly it talks about how to synthesize a vision and how to communicate it. It really crystalizes the VISION concept for me. There are a lot of other good information (eg Wallenda factor) in this golden mine. I recommend taking notes and keeping a list of action items. As the book said, try to internationalize those strategies.
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It was a helpful book but not one that I would be willing to keep in my library for a long period of time. It covers alot of basic things that most people do need to know but if you have been in a position of leadership for a long period of time, most of the things covered should have already been learned if the leader seeks to learn.
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This is a second publication I bought. I had an older publication while I was in college. It was a recommended side reading in one of my classes. I bought this book the second time as reading and discussion material within a small group at my work place. Of course I recommended this book to the team.
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This book is easy to read and makes sense. It is biblically based.
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This book has long been my favorite book on leadership. My original paperback copy is showing its age and I ordered this one to have a fresh copy:)
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This was an easy reading book with great insight and examples. I could not put the book down and completed my reading in just 2 days.
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By LA June on January 10, 2014
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Read this for a leadership class I am taking. I think it is a must read for all leaders in any church, or anywhere
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