An Invented Life: Reflections on Leadership and Change

Warren G. Bennis, Author, Tom Peters, Foreword by
Warren G. Bennis, Author, Tom Peters, Foreword by Addison Wesley Publishing Company $22.9 (238p) ISBN 978-0-201-63212-5
Reviewed on: 03/29/1993
Release date: 04/01/1993
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-201-62714-5
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Bennis ( Leaders ), a former president of the Univeristy of Cincinnati and currently a business professor at the University of Southern California, analyzes leadership and change in these superb essays. He maintains that America has a shortage of leaders (``people who do the right thing'') and an abundance of managers (``people who do things right''), which results in ``underled and overmanaged'' American business and educational organizations. Bennis blames America's management schools. ``We teach people how to be good technicians . . . but we just don't train people for leadership.'' In studying 90 leaders, Bennis discovered that their only common characteristic was ``a guiding purpose, an overarching vision.'' His thoughts on corporate boards, ethics and information overload are perceptive, as is his essay on ``Searching for the Perfect University President.'' This book should appeal to the business, educational administration and trade markets. (Apr.)
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