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The Germans call it a festschrift - a book stemming from the celebration honoring a renowned scholar, in this case Warren Bennis. The luminaries (including Bennis himself) who gathered in May 2000 at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business for this festschrift offer 19 thoughtful chapters on leadership issues. In fact, the consistent quality and creativity may pleasantly surprise you. The only exception is an imaginative, but shallow and self-absorbed clunker from Tom recommends this thought-provoking collection to students and practitioners of the mysterious art of inspiring others to follow.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The philosophies of Warren Bennis, one of the great thinkers of management science;
  • The ideas of ranking management experts on a variety of subjects, including the positioning of children to be leaders, the future of leadership, shared leadership, a comparison of leaders and artists and how leaders overcome setbacks.

About the Authors

Warren Bennis created his own paradigm shift across the field of management science with the bestselling books, Leaders and On Becoming a Leader. Bennis was a protégé of famed Theory X/Theory Y guru Douglas McGregor. He has written 26 books, and is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Gretchen M. Spreitzer is an assistant professor at the Marshall School. Thomas G. Cummings is executive director of the Leadership Institute, and associate editor of The Journal of Organizational Behavior.



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