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Managing the dream : reflections on leadership and change
Bennis, Warren G.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
xxviii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
Reading Level:
1240 Lexile.
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Warren Bennis has become synonymous with leadership, exploring all its dimensions as both practitioner and scholar for over four decades. Managing the Dream is an intimate portrait of leadership, comprising over a dozen essays that represent the author's most incisive and creative thinking. It features many of Bennis's most recent works, including "The End of Leadership," and a new preface reflecting on the challenge of leadership in the new millennium.

Author Notes

Warren Bennis was born in the Bronx, New York on March 8, 1925. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army, completed officers' training, and became one of the youngest platoon leaders to serve in Europe. He was awarded both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He received a bachelor's degree from Antioch College in Ohio in 1951 and a doctorate in economics from M.I.T. As an educator, he taught organizational studies at Harvard University, Boston University, and the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He was a professor of business administration at The University of Southern California for more than 30 years.

He wrote more than 30 books on leadership including On Becoming a Leader, Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge, and Why Leaders Can't Lead. He also wrote a memoir entitled Still Surprised. He advised several presidents and business executives on the essence of successful leadership including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and Howard D. Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks. Bennis died on July 31, 2014 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

1 Managing the Dreamp. 3
2 The Four Competencies of Leadershipp. 13
3 On the Leading Edge of Changep. 25
4 Change: the New Metaphysicsp. 31
5 Information Overload Anxiety (And How to Overcome It)p. 39
6 Cope with Speed and Complexity (Raplexity)p. 51
7 The Leadership Advantagep. 55
8 Is Democracy Inevitable?p. 67
9 The Gaming Death of Bureaucracyp. 89
10 Corporate Boardsp. 103
11 Our Federalist Future: the Leadership Imperativep. 113
12 The Secrets of Great Groupsp. 135
13 The End of Leadershipp. 143
14 Paradigm Shiftsp. 161
15 The Case for Co-Leadersp. 167
16 An Invented Life: Shoe Polish, Milli Vanilli, and Sapiential Circlesp. 189
17 The Years of Scholarship: an Intellectual Memoirp. 227
18 The Wallenda Factorp. 249
19 When to Resignp. 253
20 Followershipp. 269
21 The Leader as Storytellerp. 273
22 Operating on Instinctp. 283
23 Postscript: the Future Has No Shelf Lifep. 295
Indexp. 309