On Becoming a Leader
However, as my coursework progressed and was assigned additional leadership texts, I came to regard this one as very bland. It is meant to be a prescriptive text for leaders but I think it is sporadic in theme and delivery. In some cases, it is hard to underst ...more
“integrity is the most important characteristic of a leader, and one that he or she must be prepared to demonstrate again and again.”
“a more dangerous world makes the need for leadership, in every organization, in every i ...more
Vision, i ...more
Pro: The writing was general enough to be broadly applicable to corporate leaders at the strategic/senior level. The writing correlated well with about 80% of my own leadership experiences (good enough for Pareto, right?).
Con: There was very little comparative analysis of leadership styles. There was very little reference to historical leaders outside the author's generation. The poli ...more
The reality is that we're all tested. Some crack under the testing, some are molded by it, and still others are propelled by it. Likewise, many individuals are continual learners and students of the w ...more
Deemed the dean of leadership gurus by Forbes magazine, Warren Bennis has for years persuasively argued that leaders are not bornthey are made. Delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to achieve it, his classic work On Becoming a Leader has served as a source of essential insight for countless readers. In a world increasingly defined by turbulence and uncertainty, the call to leadership is more urgent than ever.
He also does a pretty good job of delineating what kinds of things a leader CAN learn and what might need to be either innate/genetic or cultural (e.g. integrity, empathy).
Yet when Bennis tries to lay out what makes a good leader, it gets a bit weak.
At this point in time, with the changes going on in both leader ...more
“His work at MIT in the 1960s on group behavior foreshadowe ...more