For many years, Warren Bennis has persuasively argued that leaders are not born - they are made. And for countless readers, On Becoming a Leader has served as a beacon of insight, delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to achieve it. In a world increasingly defined by turbulence and uncertainty, the call to leadership is more urgent than ever.
Featuring a provocative new epilogue on the challenges and opportunities facing leaders today, this new edition will inspire the next generation and guide us into the future.
©2009 Warren Bennis (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp
"On Becoming a Leader is the indispensable handbook for anyone who has become a leader. Warren Bennis maps the terrain of leadership with a rare sense of wisdom and authority." (Daniel Goleman)
"Recommended for all business collections." (Library Journal)
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This book offered so much great information. Keep in mind the time it was written because some things have already changed. However, the information provided in this book is information that can be used any time.
"Very Informative and Well Thought Out Book"
I read this book with one of my employees and we discussed it and she had very good questions on how I manage and how she should develop a management style etc. This book was an awesome and thought provoking part of an ongoing development process for this employee.
"awesome and very real!"
YES, Definitely.... , I can learn a lot more by reading over and over again and reflect on everything that the book is teaching me about leadership.
I love every chapter in this book. Every chapter has something to learn!
The way he narrates the book is as real as life is....
every chapter had its moments.
I want to read more books like this one and I would recommend to every supervisor, leader, or anyone that wants to know about leadership is .....
"One of the best book on leadership development."
This book is a must READ for anyone who likes to learn more about what you need to be a great leader.
"A few gems amongst a lot of waffle"
I listened to this book directly after listening to 'Up the Organization' a brilliant leadership book by Robert Townsend. The first chapter was so boring that I almost stopped listening and began thinking whether Audible had a refund policy for crap books. The author went on and on about the American context, which didn't capture my attention (as as Australian). I think even the most patriotic American would struggle with so much waffle. I persisted and was eventually rewarded with a few leadership gems scattered throughout the book. The book needs a good editorial prune and rewrite.
"Might be better if the narrator was good"
No. I find the narration almost computer like with poor emphasis and cadence.
The narrator is so important for audio books.
"Meh...not worth listening to"
Maybe someone who doesn't know any better about the models of good leaders given in this book. While some leaders mentioned in this book were really great, too many of them were actual flops that should never be quoted or mentioned in leadership book. For example, too many times John Sculley is quoted and given as an example of a great leader and visionary, while he did nothing more thar run Apple into the ground....
"Hard to follow"
The book seemed all over and difficult to follow the point of the book at some points
"Waste of time!"
I've listened to a number of leadership books over the years and gave this one a try b/c of the positive ratings. What a waste! I got nothing out of this book---a guy in TV thought outside of the box and had some sitcom hits, how insightful.
I would pass on this book and recommend ANY of the Covey or Maxwell leadership books over this.
The advice was old and trite and the stories and examples were fruitless.
I thought Walter did fine, given what material he was given.
I can't even say it makes a good doorstop given that it's an electronic copy.
Sorry, jumping into the political arena has its pros and cons, but using a TV guy to add flavor and color to your examples and stories did not do you any favors.
"Misleading title, irrelevant content"
Yes. This is the first one I've heard from Bennis. I think that it'd be a bit premature to cut him off. Walter did a good job of reading it.
Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Institute
Sometimes, he blends words together a bit much. I listen to books at an accelerated rate, so enunciation is very important.
It was boring and overly political (liberal bent). I particularly disliked his narrow definition of leader.
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