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On Becoming a Leader Paperback – March 3, 2009
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"Only Warren Bennis could write a book on leadership that is so inspiring and insightful, captivating and wise, eloquent and revealing. His beautifully crafted stories of outstanding leaders and their fascinating paths to power are sure to launch an exciting journey of self-exploration for future leaders."―Rosabeth Moss Kanter
"Warren Bennis-master practitioner, researcher, and theoretician all in one-has managed to create a practical primer for leaders without sacrificing an iota of necessary subtlety and complexity. No topic is more important; no more able and caring person has attacked it."―Tom Peters
"Warren Bennis's pioneering work is so central in the field of leadership studies that many of us forget that he was the source of numerous foundational ideas."―Howard Gardner
"Warren Bennis's insight and his gift with words make these lessons, from some of America's most interesting leaders, compelling reading for every executive."―Charles Handy
About the Author
In 2007, BusinessWeek called him one of ten business school professors who have had the greatest influence on business thinking. He has received twenty honorary degrees and has served on numerous boards of advisors. He authored dozens of articles and over thirty books on leadership, including On Becoming a Leader and Organizing Genius.
- Publisher : Basic Books; 4th edition (March 3, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0465014089
- ISBN-13 : 978-0465014088
- Lexile measure : 1160L
- Item Weight : 9.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maybe that’s a way Bennis is a good leader; he makes me want to look deeper and not just take his view as gospel. His style is easy and “alongside” rather than out-front-and-all-you-can-see-is-his-ass. This helped keep me into what he was saying.
I think anyone interested in leadership for any reason could do worse than reading this book.
The book's attempt to draw conclusions from vast overviews of social and political changes falls totally flat, as it oversimplifies everything or makes unwarranted conclusions. The rambling lack of focus makes it hard to draw any lessons from it, even though clearly the people being quoted have valuable leadership experience to share.
At times the feel is of a high school or college student's pastiche of quotations out of context, mixed together, trying to sound wise, and simply failing. It's a shame. I read the whole book to at least feel I had given it a fair shake. It never got any better. You can learn something from anything, so in that sense it's not an utter waste of time. But there are many other books on this topic that deserve our time more.
A trivia note: John Sculley became CEO of Apple in 1983, not 1977 as the book says! That's a serious timeline problem that's obvious to anyone who is familiar with Apple's history.
Leave all that mumbo-jumbo aside and you'll find that Bennis doesn't have much to say. He just quotes very successful leaders (by the world's standards of wealth, fame and prestige). Yet in truth, the greatest leaders in the world are the fathers and mothers who lead their children in prayer, to work hard and to love others. The wisdom of these elites says little to them, or the hardworking factory line guy or the lead hostess at a restaurant or the middle management employee with deadlines to meet. For these people, there is little in this book worth reading.
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Definitely a must !