Warren Bennis

Warren was a University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the Marshall School and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. He has written 27 books, including the best-selling Leaders and On Becoming a Leader, both translated into 21 languages. The Financial Times recently named Leaders as one of the top 50 business books of all time.

Bennis has not only studied and reflected on leadership, he has also done it, first as the youngest infantry commander fighting in Germany at age 20, decorated with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart and then as President of the University of Cincinnati from 1971-1997.

He has served on the faculty of MIT Sloan School of Management where he was Chairman of the Organizational Studies Department. He is a former faculty member of Harvard and Boston University. Bennis has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies and has advised four U.S. Presidents. The Wall Street Journal named him as one of the top ten speakers on management in 1993 and in 1996, FORBES magazine referred to him as the “Dean of Leadership Gurus.”

Harvard Business Review said it best – “It’s not a stretch to say that he brought the study of leadership from the fringes of academia to the mainstream, always arguing that leaders need to be more democratic than autocratic. But his greatest and most enduring gift may have been his generosity of spirit.”

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