Tag Archives: Warren Bennis

On the Value of Credibility

James Kouzes and Barry Posner write, “Credibility is the foundation of leadership.”  Credibility’s reality is found far beyond the words of its definition. It is evidenced in the great leaders’ actions, attitude, words and behavior. These are the actualization of … Continue reading

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The Beauty and Joy of Trust

In his book, Leaders, Warren Bennis wrote: “An organization’s only unforgivable sin is the betrayal of trust. Trust is the emotional glue that bonds followers and leaders together. Whether it is a professional or personal matter, there is something that … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Warren Bennis, “The Father of Leadership”

Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and author, wrote of the passing of Warren Bennis, American scholar, organizational consultant and author: “… a giant oak has fallen with an impact felt throughout the world…. Just as … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Piano

Warren Bennis and Bert Nanus wrote: “It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from followers.” The capacity, however, must be exercised to be of value as illustrated by Charles Swindoll, pastor, author and educator, … Continue reading

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Feedback – the Key to Knowing What We Don’t Know

Feedback is the growth food of great leaders.  Ken Blanchard, management expert and author, said: “It is the breakfast of champions.” It is the food that nourishes change. It is the key that unlocks the door to the dark closet … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership – All the World Is a Stage for Great Leaders

 A friend recently shared with me an article, Acting the Part of a Leader, by Warren Bennis, American scholar and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies.  In the article Bennis discusses why leadership is often paired … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: The Great Leader – Settler or Seeker

Recently I received a note from a colleague with whom I often exchange ideas and perspectives on leadership.  In this exchange he shared the following thought on one of the attributes of great leaders:   “However crudely expressed, at times I want to separate … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: Sense-Making Versus Decision-Making

Karl E. Weick in The Future of Leadership, writes a stirring chapter on “Leadership as the Legitimation of Doubt.” In it he introduces the critical importance of sensemaking to highly effective leadership. He shares the story of Warren Bennis, American … Continue reading

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Three Minute Leadership: Bouncing Back

In his book, Managing People Is Like Herding Cats, Warren Bennis, pioneer in the field of leadership studies, writes about ‘bouncing back,’ a capability that allows people to rebound and achieve their goals. He writes: “Ernest Heminway said that the … Continue reading

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