Warren Bennis

Warren Bennis

Warren Bennis is University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies and served as adviser to four U.S. presidents. In May 2000, the Financial Times referred to Bennis as the “professor who established leadership as a respectable academic field.” Forbes Magazine cited Bennis as the “Dean of Leadership gurus.” In 2007, Business Week named Bennis as one of the “10 most influential thought leaders writing on contemporary business issues.” The Wall Street Journal named him as one of the top speakers on management in 1993 and in 2009, Bennis’s signature book, On Becoming a Leader, was republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition. In 2011, it was chosen by Time magazine as one of “the top 25 business books of all times.” Bennis was selected for inclusion in Business Educator’s “A-List of Management Academics 2011.” He has written or edited over 30 books, translated into about 25 languages. Three of his favorite passions: Leadership, Organization Dynamics and Creative Collaboration show up in his numerous writings. The Financial Times recently named Leaders as one of the top 50 business books of all time. In 1993, Addison-Wesley published a book of his essays, An Invented Life: Reflections on Leadership and Change, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Bennis, working with Bob Thomas, published Geeks & Geezers (re-titled: Leading for a Lifetime), a book that examines the differences and similarities between leaders 30 years and younger and leaders 70 years and older. In 2005, HarperCollins published his series of conversations with the late Bob Townsend, Reinventing Leadership. In 2007, he co-authored (with Noel Tichy), Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls. He co-authored with Daniel Goleman and Jim O’Toole, Transparency, published in 2008. In 2009, he published a book of his favorite articles in The Essential Bennis. His latest and 31st book, Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership, was published in 2010.