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On Becoming a Leader 4th Edition
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Bennis has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies and served as adviser to four U.S. presidents. He has served on the faculty of MIT's Sloan School of Management and was Chairman of the Organizational Studies Department. He is a former faculty member of Boston University, former Provost and Executive Vice President of State University of New York at Buffalo and President of the University of Cincinnati. His global experience includes teaching at the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta, INSEAD, the London Business School, and IMEDE (now IMD). In 2007, Business Week called him one of ten business school professors who have had the greatest influence on business thinking. He has received 20 honorary degrees and has served on numerous boards of advisors.
Bennis has written or edited 30 books, which have been translated into 21 languages, and many articles on three of his passions-leadership, organizational change, and creative collaboration. The Financial Times recently named Leaders as one of the top 50 business books of all time.
Bennis is proud of the four years he served in the U.S. Army, 1943-1947. At the age of 19 he was one of the youngest infantry commanders in Germany and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. His dream remains: to write a terrific one-act play.
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The book then goes on to further elaborate on each of the areas highlighted above. The key differentiator between this and other leadership books is that this one promotes unleashing leadership from within, rather than describe what a person should strive to be. To me, this is the only way to develop sustainable authentic leaders. Another area of focus is that of experience. Warren stresses the importance of experience as the primary and ultimate development vehicle for leaders. Education is all its forms is important - but does not substitute the need for experience whether successes or failures. The book brings to life all of the aspects discussed through the stories of many successful leaders from a variety of sectors.
A must read in the area of leadership and personal development!Read more ›
Especially the beginning where the author tediously paints a bleak picture of the moral state of the U.S. ostensibly to convince the reader of the leadership vacuum of the current time.
Also, the author simplistically proclaims certain historical figures leaders and other not. For example, he calls JFK a leader, and Clinton not. The difference being Clinton's moral failings. This seems to ignore JFK's record of philandering and opioid dependence.
Using phrases like "new economy" makes the book sounded dated at times.
That aside, I think there are some gems for the patient reader or those who can skim effectively.
He was absolutely terrifying, but he was also fair, and intensely interested in developing talent.
I would never in a million years work for him again, as this particular business was not my real vocation, but the kindness and insight that my former boss showed by recommending this book to a very small fish (me) in a huge organization as a good book to read on a long plane ride to Japan was especially spot on. As well as this book. On Becoming a Leader is an excellent treatise on the definition and practical theory of basic leadership, easy to read, and inspirational beyond the normal drivel spouting to be the ultimate on the subject of leadership. This book IS THE book for the budding leader, of a small business, large corporation, or a family.
I highly recommend it.
Bennis' ideas seem firmly rooted in the Romantic and Transcendentalist tradition. Not much light between him and Thoreau or Walt Whitman. This line of thought advises one to look within yourself for knowledge, ability, and guidance. And that's pretty much the advice he gives. Now, I won't argue that this is partly true. You do need a certain self confidence and inner drive to blaze a trail or bring a new idea to life. But it's not the whole story, and it gives very little practical instructions to become a leader, for those of us not welling over with inner sunshine and brilliance .
For people like me, I'd recommend you read the sections on leadership in Drucker's "Management". Unlike Bennis, Drucker understands that management done well is inherently good leadership. And that leadership is fundamentally about work, sweat, and tears: The type of work that allows teams to perform at a high level.
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This book started off extremely boring to me but came around in the middle and had me fully engaged.Published 2 months ago by Kaitlyn A.
easy to read literature on leadership, which reflects real life application that have unfolded in the twentieth century.Published 5 months ago by DaMuirheads
This is an incredibly well written and inspirational book. The author does a great job of examining the achievements and pitfalls of history's great leaders, and then picks the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by RealignFan2.0
Very poorly written. Liberal and obnoxious. Had to read for school. Thank goodness my teacher understood and didn't make us too assignments from book.Published 6 months ago by Tuxedo Cat