On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis

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Warren Bennis is the grandfather of leadership thinking, and in his classic book On Becoming A Leader, he makes it clear that the core of leadership is about a few very important things.

It’s about knowing who you are as a person, including your strengths, weaknesses, and knowing what you want to accomplish.

It’s also about knowing the world around you, and how to use that understanding to accomplish your goals through other people.

As Bennis points out, leadership is a never-ending dance between those things, and the process of getting better at it with each passing day.

Here are some things that will help you as you transition from being an individual performer to a leader of people.

Why Leadership Is Critical

First, let’s take a moment to consider why leadership is so important, and why being a great one matters.

Leaders are important for three reasons.

First, the success or failure of every organization depends on the level of leadership at the top.

Second, we live in turbulent times (which is even truer today than when this book was written), and leaders are the ones who chart the course through stormy waters.

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