Top 39 Warren Bennis Quotes of 2020

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“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

― Warren Bennis

“Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing.”

― Warren Bennis

“The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.”

― Warren Bennis

“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 Bennis

“Create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and then translate that vision into a reality.”

― Warren Bennis

“Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.”

― Warren Bennis

“People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.”

― Warren Bennis

“The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.”

― Warren Bennis

“The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.”

― Warren Bennis

“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 Bennis

“Learning options will indeed mushroom for business students and leaders, but it will take prudence and shrewdness to find and utilize the best option.”

― Warren Bennis

“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”

― Warren Bennis

“Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.”

― Warren Bennis

“Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth.”

― Warren Bennis

“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 Bennis

“Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.”

― Warren Bennis

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.”

― Warren Bennis

“Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.”

― Warren Bennis

“Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.”

― Warren Bennis

“There is a profound difference between information and meaning.”

― Warren Bennis

“Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.”

― Warren Bennis

“You need people who can walk their companies into the future rather than back them into the future.”

― Warren Bennis

“I wanted the influence. In the end I wasn’t very good at being a president. I looked out of the window and thought that the man cutting the lawn actually seemed to have more control over what he was doing.”

― Warren Bennis

“Leadership has become a heavy industry. Concern and interest about leadership development is no longer an American phenomenon. It is truly global. Though I will probably be in less demand, I wanted to move on.”

― Warren Bennis

“Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.”

― Warren Bennis

“The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.”

― Warren Bennis

“Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.”

― Warren Bennis

“Leaders should always expect the very best of those around them. They know that people can change and grow.”

― Warren Bennis

“Find the appropriate balance of competing claims by various groups of stakeholders. All claims deserve consideration but some claims are more important than others.”

― Warren Bennis

“I’ve become more and more aware of the promise and struggle to teach the global mind nowadays because I use every chance I get to ask faculty and administrators of management education programs why we don’t offer at least one course – not even required, just an elective – on the world’s religions.”

― Warren Bennis

“How can we educators claim credit for understanding, let alone teaching, the ‘global mind’ without a single course on the impact of religion on every day life?”

― Warren Bennis

“The original and brilliant idea of an MBA was the opportunity for students to study the theory and application of business and management principles.”

― Warren Bennis

“The primary goal of management education was, as originally conceived, to impart knowledge that could be applied to a variety of real-world business situations.”

― Warren Bennis

“Most regular, two-year MBA programs provide both experience and the capacity to link together the essential elements of management such as finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and operations.”

― Warren Bennis

“Specialized management courses are useful but should come well after the complexity of management and business are understood.”

― Warren Bennis

“Learning in a face-to-face human community, as humans have evolved to do over hundreds of thousands of years, may always be the ideal – especially in an endeavor that is as relationship-driven as business.”

― Warren Bennis

“One of the best teaching experiences Ed Schein and I had when we were teaching at MIT in the 1960s was inventing a course on leadership through film.”

― Warren Bennis

“A great director or leader knows his people, creates a great team, and then makes a great movie that can influence millions more than the readers of his column.”

― Warren Bennis

“As my blog editor knows all too well, I wasn’t all that keen to enter the blogosphere world.”

― Warren Bennis
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