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“Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do.”
Warren G. Bennis, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration
“Managers do things right. Leaders do the right thing.”
Warren G. Bennis
“Who succeeds in forming and leading a Great Group? He or she is almost always a pragmatic dreamer. They are people who get things done, but they are people with immortal longings. Often, they are scientifically minded people with poetry in their souls.”
Warren G. Bennis, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration
“Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.”
Warren G. Bennis
“It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from followers.”
Warren G. Bennis
“If knowing yourself and being yourself were as easy to do as to talk about, there wouldn't be nearly so many people walking around in borrowed postures, spouting secondhand ideas, trying desperately to fit in rather than to stand out.”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
Warren G. Bennis
“...once you recognize, or admit, that your primary goal is to fully express yourself, you will find the means to achieve the rest of your goals...”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader
“Great Groups need to know that the person at the top will fight like a tiger for them.”
Warren G. Bennis, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration
“The opposite of hope is despair, and when we despair, it is because we feel there are no choices.”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader
“Leaders are people who believe so passionately that they can seduce other people into sharing their dream.”
Warren G. Bennis, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration
“Silence - not dissent - is the one answer that leaders should refuse to accept.”
Warren G. Bennis
“Neoteny is more than retaining a youthful appearance, although that is often part of it. Neoteny is the retention of all those wonderful qualities that we associate with youth: curiosity, playfulness, eagerness, fearlessness, warmth, energy. Unlike those defeated by time and age, our geezers have remained much like our geeks – open, willing to take risks, hungry for knowledge and experience, courageous, eager to see what the new day brings. Time and lost steal the zest from the unlucky, and leave them looking longingly at the past. Neoteny is a metaphor for the quality – and the gift – that keeps the fortunate of whatever age focused on all marvelous undiscovered things to come.”
Warren G. Bennis, Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values and Defining Moments Shape Leaders
“More leaders have been made by accident, circumstance, sheer grit, or will than have been made by all the leadership courses put together.”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader Revised Edition
“Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.”
Warren G. Bennis
“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders
are made rather than born.”
Warren G. Bennis
“In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.”
Warren G. Bennis


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