Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases!
Start by following Warren G. Bennis.

Warren G. Bennis Warren G. Bennis > Quotes


Warren G. Bennis quotes (showing 1-30 of 30)

“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
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
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
“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
“...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
“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
“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
“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader Revised Edition
“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
“Silence - not dissent - is the one answer that leaders should refuse to accept.”
Warren G. Bennis
“Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.”
Warren G. Bennis
“To be authentic is literally to be your own author, to discover your own native energies and desires, and then to find your own way of acting on them.”
Warren G. Bennis
“A promising junior executive of IBM was involved in a risky venture for the company and managed to lose over $10 million in the gamble. It was a disaster. When Watson called the nervous executive into his office, the young man blurted out, 'I guess you want my resignation?' Watson said, 'You can't be serious. We've just spent $10 million educating you!”
Warren G. Bennis, Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge
“In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.”
Warren G. Bennis
“In 1989, the Internet’s 400 early adopters were predicting that it would revolutionize how people communicate,”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader Revised Edition
“The ideal boss for a growing leader is probably a good boss with major flaws, so that one can learn all the complex lessons of what to do and what not to do simultaneously.”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader Revised Edition
“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
“The first step in becoming a leader, then, is to recognize the context for what it is—a breaker, not a maker; a trap, not a launching pad; an end, not a beginning—and declare your independence.”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader Revised Edition
“leadership that knows what it wants, communicates those intentions, positions itself correctly, and empowers its workforce.”
Warren G. Bennis, Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge
“Satchel Paige is supposed to have said, “It’s not what you don’t know that hurts you, it’s what you know that just ain’t so”);”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader Revised Edition
“Our favorite example of meaning comes from a “Peanuts” cartoon strip. Lucy asks Schroeder—Schroeder playing the piano, of course, and ignoring Lucy—if he knows what love is. Schroeder stands at attention and intones, “Love: a noun, referring to a deep, intense, ineffable feeling toward another person or persons.” He then sits down and returns to his piano. The last caption shows Lucy looking off in the distance, balefully saying, “On paper, he’s great.” Most mission statements suffer that same fate: On paper, they’re great.”
Warren G. Bennis, Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge
“Communities based on merit and passion are rare, and people who have been in them never forget them. And then there is the sheer exhilaration of performing greatly. Talent wants to exercise itself, needs to. People pay a price for their membership in Great Groups. Postpartum depression is often fierce, and the intensity of collaboration is a potent drug that may make everything else, including everything after, seem drab and ordinary. But no one who has participated in one of these adventures in creativity and community seems to have any real regrets. How much better to be with other worthy people, doing worthy things, than to labor alone (”
Warren G. Bennis, Organizing Genius
“Former Lucky Stores CEO Don Ritchey said that difficult bosses really “test your beliefs, and you learn all the things you don’t want to do or stand for. I”
Warren G. Bennis, On Becoming a Leader Revised Edition
“As one Great Group after another has shown, talented people don’t need fancy facilities. It sometimes seems that any old garage will do. But they do need the right tools. The leaders of PARC threatened to quit if the lab was not allowed to build the computer it needed, rather than accept an inferior technology. Cutting-edge technology is often a key element in creative collaboration. The right tools become part of the creative process.”
Warren G. Bennis, Organizing Genius
“One thing Great Groups do need is protection. Great Groups do things that haven’t been done before. Most corporations and other traditional organizations say they want innovation, but they reflexively shun the untried. Most would rather repeat a past success than gamble on a new idea. Because Great Groups break new ground, they are more susceptible than others to being misunderstood, resented, even feared. Successful”
Warren G. Bennis, Organizing Genius


All Quotes | Add A Quote
Play The 'Guess That Quote' Game

On Becoming a Leader On Becoming a Leader
3,394 ratings
Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration Organizing Genius
302 ratings
Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor Transparency
148 ratings
Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge Leaders
177 ratings