Warren Bennis Quotes on Leadership and Management

Warren Gamaliel Bennis (March 8, 1925 – July 31, 2014) was an American scholar, author and organizational consultant. He was widely regarded as a pioneer in the contemporary field of Leadership studies.  He was a distinguished professor of Business Administration. He was also the founding chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California.
Warren Bennis also spent time as an adviser to four United States presidents and several other public figures. He also consulted for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Warren Bennis has written approximately 30 books, many with co-authors.

Here are some of Warren Bennis words of wisdom (Quotes) on Leadership and Management.

  • Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
  • Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.
  • Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth.
  • Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.
  • Leaders should always expect the very best of those around them. They know that people can change and grow.
  • Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.
  • The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
  • The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
  • The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
  • Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.
  • Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing.
  • Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.
  • Create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and then translate that vision into a reality.
  • Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.
  • Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.
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