The Essential Bennis - Bennis, Warren; Biederman, Patricia Ward

The Essential Bennis

Warren Bennis Patricia Ward Biederman 

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The Essential Bennis

"Looking over a lifetime of work, I see that certain themes have always fascinated me. Early on, I felt that bureaucracy was doomed and that something flatter and more collegial would triumph. The need for candor and transparency has been a frequent cry, because I saw how warped organizations become without them. I've long known that organizational decisions inevitably have a moral dimension. The vital role that great followers play in successful leadership has grown ever more obvious. I am increasingly aware how crucial rhetoric and other performing arts are in making a compelling leader-good or bad. That leaders are inevitably shaped by personal crucibles has been confirmed by hundreds of interviews. And it is clear to me now that the process of becoming a leader and the process of becoming a fully integrated human being are one and the same, both grounded in self-discovery." -from the Introduction by Warren Bennis Acclaimed lecturer, sought-after consultant, and prolific writer, Warren Bennis is one of the world's leading experts on leadership. As a top-level advisor to four U.S. Presidents and Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Southern California, Bennis's influence cannot be overestimated.
The Essential Bennis brings together a collection of Warren Bennis's most memorable writings from an extraordinary career that spans more than fifty years. This retrospective of his life's work reflects Bennis's rich personal experiences, from which he has gleaned provocative insights and valuable lessons. Focusing on the topic of leadership, each chapter in the collection stands on its own merit. However, to enhance the reader's experience, the essays are illuminated with comments from Bennis's wide array of collaborators and friends, including Charles Handy, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Glenn Close, Steven Sample, Frances Hesselbein, Howard Gardner, and Bill George. The venerable Sidney Harman shares his thoughts on the chapter titled "The Seven Ages of the Leader," and business management expert Tom Peters offers his view on the "The Coming Death of Bureaucracy."
The book begins with reflections on Bennis's life as a leader and reveals the daunting challenges he faced as president of the University of Cincinnati during the turbulent 1970s. He shows how that experience influenced his ideas on leadership. The Essential Bennis goes on to explore the many aspects of leadership, including how organizations create leaders (or don't), what it means to become a leader, why leadership is also a performing art, how to cultivate leadership qualities in others, and how the media defines a leader.
If you are familiar with Warren Bennis, this remarkable collection of his ideas will be especially meaningful. If you are just discovering the wonders of Warren Bennis, enjoy the journey.


  • Verlag: Wiley & Sons
  • 2009
  • 1. Auflage
  • Ausstattung/Bilder: 1. Auflage. 2009. 480 S. 230 mm
  • Seitenzahl: 465
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 231mm x 155mm x 41mm
  • Gewicht: 710g
  • ISBN-13: 9780470432396
  • ISBN-10: 047043239X
  • Best.Nr.: 26216815
"It is brilliantly curated...and a fine collection of [Warren Bennis's] best thinking. I am thrilled to have it and I am sure the world will be as well."-- Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"...anticipated the flourishing of collaborative efforts that laid down the architecture for open sourcing and information-sharing on a grand scale..." ( Financial Times , 22nd October 2009)
"...anticipated the flourishing of collaborative efforts that laid down the architecture for open sourcing and information-sharing on a grand scale..." ( The Irish Times , October 2009)
Warren Bennis ist Professor für Business Administration an der Universität von Südkalifornien. Er gilt als Top-Experte für Coaching und Weiterbildung von Führungskräften. Er beriet die letzten vier amerikanischen Präsidenten und wird regelmäßig von großen Unternehmen konsultiert. Seine Bücher sind Bestseller. Zu seinen Lesern gehören Manager aus den Vorstandsetagen vieler Weltkonzerne sowie Spitzenpolitiker.
Foreword (Charles Handy).
Introduction (Warren Bennis).

Part 1: My Life as a Leader.

An Invented Life: Shoe Polish, Milli Vanilli, and Sapiential Circles (1971, 1993).

Martin Kaplan on "An Invented Life".

Berkeley of the East and What Went Wrong (1973).

Patricia Ward Biederman on "The Berkeley of the East" and " What Went Wrong".

Searching for the "Perfect" University President (1971).

Steven B. Sample on "Searching for the Perfect University President".

Foreword to The Age of Heretics (2008).

Part 2: How Organizations Create or Thwart Leaders.

Democracy Is Inevitable (1964, 1990, 1998).

Rosabeth Moss Kanter on "Democracy Is Inevitable".

The Coming Death of Bureaucracy (1966, 2000).

Tom Peters on "The Coming Death of Bureaucracy".

The End of the Great Man (1997).

Scott Snook and Rakesh Khurana on "The End of the Great Man".

The Pornography of Everyday Life (1976).

Winning and Losing (1988).

Lessons from Larry (2006).

When to Resign (1972).

A Corporate Fear of Too Much Truth (2002).

James O Toole on "When to Resign" and "A Corporate Fear of Too Much Truth".

March of Folly Redux: Iraq (2003).

Part 3: On Becoming a Leader.

Learning Some Basic Truisms About Leadership (1989, 1996).

Understanding the Basics (1989, 2003).

Frances Hesselbein on "Understanding the Basics".

Deploying Yourself: Strike Hard, Try Everything (1989).

Judgment Trumps Experience (2007).

The Crucibles of Leadership (2004).

Susan Nero on "The Crucibles of Leadership".

The Alchemy of Leadership (2002).

Howard Gardner on "The Alchemy of Leadership".

Epilogue to the Twentieth-Anniversary Edition of On Becoming a Leader (2009).

David Gergen on "Epilogue to the Twentieth-Anniversary Edition of On Becoming a Leader".

Part 4: Leadership as Performance.

The Seven Ages of the Leader (2004).

Sidney Harman on "The Seven Ages of the Leader".

The Leader as Storyteller (1996).

Peter Guber on "The Leader as Storyteller".

Leadership as a Performing Art (2002).

Glenn Close on "Leadership as Performing Art".

Part 5: Cultivating the Leader in Others.

The Challenges of Leadership in the Modern World (2007).

Bill George on "The Challenges of Leadership in the Modern World".

How Business Schools Lost Their Way (2005).

Joel Podolny on "How Business Schools Lost Their Way".

The End of Leadership (1999).

Introduction to The Art of Followership (2008).

Followers Make Good Leaders Good (1989).

Jean Lipman-Blumen on "Introduction to The Art of Followership" and "Followers Make Good Leaders Good".

Part 6: Leadership and the Media.

The Age of Unreality (1989).

News Analysis: It s the Culture (2003).

Geneva Overholser on "News Analysis: It's the Culture".

The New Transparency (2008).

Geoff Cowan on "The New Transparency".


About the Authors.