Friday, August 15, 2014
Warren Bennis (1925-2014) was one of the first to truly study "leadership." He wrote, or co-authored, thirty some books on the topic. Feel free to read more about him here or here. A few of his quotes are here:
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
"Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery."
"Silence - not dissent - is the one answer that leaders should refuse to accept.”
“Who succeeds in forming and leading a Great Group? He or she is almost always a pragmatic dreamer. They are people who get things done, but they are people with immortal longings. Often, they are scientifically minded people with poetry in their souls.”
"Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard."
“Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do.”
"The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why."
"There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish."
"The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. And the way we become leaders is by learning about leadership through life and job experiences, not with university degrees."