By Warren Bennis
Deemed the dean of management gurus” by way of Forbes journal, Warren Bennis has for years persuasively argued that leaders will not be bornthey are made. Delving into the traits that outline management, the folk who exemplify it, and the suggestions that any one can follow to accomplish it, his vintage paintings On turning into a Leader has served as a resource of crucial perception for numerous readers. In a global more and more outlined through turbulence and uncertainty, the decision to management is extra pressing than ever.
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He managed to smooth away his rougher edges. He became less abrasive, more polite, as he ﬁne-tuned himself in the same way he ﬁne-tuned the company. That was the good news. The bad news was that, for all Ed’s effort, the people who worked with him continued to be wary of him. They just didn’t trust the “new” Ed. And the board remained divided. The members who liked the “old” Ed and his no-nonsense, bottomline philosophy were somewhat thrown by his new, milder demeanor, while the ones who had originally blocked Ed’s ascendance now found new ﬂaws.
To look at him or see him in action, no one would have ever guessed that he grew up poor on the streets of south Brooklyn, or that he was a night school product. In fact, he’d nearly forgotten it himself. He looked, dressed, and talked like his bosses. He had an attractive, devoted wife who looked, dressed, and talked like his bosses’ wives. He had two handsome, well-behaved sons, a nice house in Westchester, a wicked serve, and great prospects—if he wanted to move. The president of the company was in his early 50s, Ed’s age, and apparently happy with his position.
Today we must add global warming, the widening gap between rich and poor, and international terrorism to that list of major dangers. But the relative lack of leadership continues to be an enormous threat. The simple truth is that 304 million people cannot long abide together without leaders, any more than 304 million people can drive on our roads and highways without certain rules, or eleven men can play football without a quarterback, or four people can hike from X to Y unless at least one knows where Y is.