Warren G. Bennis, noted leadership scholar and educator, passed away on July 31st at the age of 89.
I first read On Becoming a Leader in the early 2000s. To say it had a profound impact on my thinking about leadership, would be an understatement. From there I read Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration, along with several magazine and journal articles dating back to the late 1950s. In 2011, I read his entertaining and thought-provoking autobiography Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership.
While I never had the privilege of meeting the man, I was able to admire his wisdom and guidance from afar through his numerous publications. Many of his insightful passages have been added to my collection of leadership quotes (see here, here, and here for examples). His passing is a loss for the leadership community.
To learn more about his life and legacy, I would encourage you to read the following:
- Warren G. Bennis, Scholar on Leadership, Dies at 89 by Glenn Rifkin
- In Memoriam: Warren Bennis, 89 by Seth Stewart
- What is Warren Bennis’s Legacy? by James Heskett