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On Becoming a Leader: The Leadership Classic Revised and Updated | [Warren Bennis]

On Becoming a Leader: The Leadership Classic Revised and Updated

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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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    Ana CHINO HILLS, CA, United States 02-09-14
    Ana CHINO HILLS, CA, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "awesome and very real!"
    Would you listen to On Becoming a Leader again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love every chapter in this book. Every chapter has something to learn!


    What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way he narrates the book is as real as life is....


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    every chapter had its moments.


    Any additional comments?

    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 .....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maciej Brampton, Ontario, Canada 05-30-13
    Maciej Brampton, Ontario, Canada 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Meh...not worth listening to"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shuja Sugar Land, TX, United States 03-26-13
    Shuja Sugar Land, TX, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best book on leadership development."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a must READ for anyone who likes to learn more about what you need to be a great leader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ivy USA 10-13-12
    Joseph Ivy USA 10-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Misleading title, irrelevant content"
    Would you try another book from Warren Bennis and/or Walter Dixon?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Institute


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Sometimes, he blends words together a bit much. I listen to books at an accelerated rate, so enunciation is very important.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was boring and overly political (liberal bent). I particularly disliked his narrow definition of leader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Lake Forest, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Aaron Lake Forest, CA, United States 04-23-12
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    "Waste of time!"
    What disappointed you about On Becoming a Leader?

    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.


    What could Warren Bennis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The advice was old and trite and the stories and examples were fruitless.


    What three words best describe Walter Dixon’s performance?

    I thought Walter did fine, given what material he was given.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Fairfax Station, VA, United States 04-08-11
    Albert Fairfax Station, VA, United States 04-08-11
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    "Not a "Classic""

    Very disappointing--seems to present leadership qualities of a "progressive" not timeless qualities of a leader--regardless of political affiliation.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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