Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California and the Founding Chairman of its Leadership Institute. He also chairs the Advisory Board of the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University and is the Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Research Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He is the author of articles and over two dozen books on leadership, change, and creative groups, including Geeks and Geezers; How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders; On Becoming a Leader; Leaders; and Organizing Genius. A former member of four U.S. Presidential Commissions, Bennis is a consultant to many business, political, and government leaders. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
Joan Goldsmith has been an organizational consultant with Fortune 100 corporations, universities, government, and non-profit agencies specializing in leadership development, conflict resolution, and organizational change. Formerly on the faculty of Harvard University and UCLA, she is the co-founder of Cambridge College. She has published six books, one of which, The End of Management and the Rise of Organizational Democracy (co-authored with Kenneth Cloke), was awarded the Financial Times Deutschland Book Award 2002 as the best leadership book. She lives in Santa Monica, California.
Leading an organization is different than managing it. Managers want to be efficient Leaders want to be effective. If you want to develop your leadership skills, the first step is Learning to Lead. And now this best-selling guide is revised, updated, and expanded for a new generation of leaders.
Over their distinguished careers, Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith have demonstrated how leaders are made, not born. In today’s environment of crisis and uncertainty the ability to develop leaders is arguably the most pressing concern, whether in business, politics, education, health care, the environment or the arts. Integrating wisdom from the world’s most insightful and accomplished leaders, self-assessments, and dozens of interactive skill-building exercises, Learning to Lead reveals the underpinnings of true leadership. It shows you how to see beyond leadership myths, translate failures into springboards for renewed creativity, and communicate your vision for yourself, your team, and your organization.