As solider, student, academic, university president, guru, author, Warren Bennis went everywhere on the planet. Idealistic, ethical and people-oriented by nature, he offers us a remarkably detailed account of the life he lived, the choices he made, and the consequences of those choices. The account is modest and charming. His big accomplishments and books are mentioned almost in passing. His passion for being a leader, not merely talking about leadership, comes through. One learns how he encountered and overcame prejudice at a number of points of his career. One sees how the depth and breadth of his personal experiences were the forge from which his leadership writing emerged. Through these pages, one meets many of the great names in management, leadership and psychology, like Douglas McGregor, Stanley Milgram and Kurt Lewin. We learn what sort of people they were and how they interacted with each other.
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