Warren G Bennis (1925-2014), along with Chris Argyris, pioneered organizational development. But make no mistake, his primary contributions to society revolved around leadership. Warren Bennis wrote over 27 books. during his career.

The following videos provides insight into the life of Warren Bennis:

Warren Bennis Quotes:
Leaders encourage reflective backtalk. Norbert Wiener told me, “I never know what I say until I hear the response.” Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth. – Warren G Bennis Quotes

The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it. – Warren G Bennis Quotes

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren G Bennis Quotes

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. – Warren G Bennis Quotes

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. – Warren G Bennis Quotes

Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard. – Warren G Bennis Quotes

Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led. – Warren G Bennis Quotes

No leader sets out to be a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So the point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely – all your skills, gifts and energies – in order to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You, must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming. – Warren G Bennis Quotes