Warren G Bennis Quotes (16 quotations)

1. Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. - Warren G Bennis

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

3. Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. - Warren G Bennis

4. Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them. - Warren G Bennis

5. I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don't think that's quite it; it's more like jazz. There is more improvisation. Someone once wrote that the sound of surprise is jazz, and if there's any one thing that we must try to get used to in this world, it's surprise and the unexpected. Truly, we are living in world where the only thing that's constant is change. - Warren G Bennis

6. Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line. - Warren G Bennis

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

8. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. - Warren G Bennis

9. Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most nontrivial problems require collective solutions. - Warren G Bennis

10. People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out. - Warren G Bennis

11. The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom-as something they thought was almost a necessity. It's as if at that moment the iron entered their soul; that moment created the resilience that leaders need. - Warren G Bennis

12. 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

13. There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish. - Warren G Bennis

14. There is a profound difference between information and meaning. - Warren G Bennis

15. What makes a good follower? The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination. - Warren G Bennis

16. You need people who can walk their companies into the future rather than back them into the future. - Warren G Bennis

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