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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

Critic Reviews

“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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Great book!

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.

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  • Jerelyn
  • BATON ROUGE, Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • 01-17-15

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.

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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.

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  • Ana
  • CHINO HILLS, CA, United States
  • 02-09-14

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 .....

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  • Shuja
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 03-26-13

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.

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  • MG
  • 08-28-17

Average wall to wall name dropping, little action

Militant left leaning introduction, do not waste a dime on this trash. There are many other writers available on the leadership subject.

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Boring History Lesson

I quit this book after a couple of chapters. Don't buy it if you are interested in practical and useful advice on becoming a leader.

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Excellent!

This book was extremely motivating. Focused on some great tips and ways to become a great leader. I have listened to it twice

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Might be better if the narrator was good

Would you try another book from Warren Bennis and/or Walter Dixon?

No. I find the narration almost computer like with poor emphasis and cadence.

If you’ve listened to books by Warren Bennis before, how does this one compare?

I haven't.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Walter Dixon?

Elmer Fudd.

What character would you cut from On Becoming a Leader?

None

Any additional comments?

The narrator is so important for audio books.

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  • Maciej
  • Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • 05-30-13

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....