Warren Bennis Quotes

Most popular Warren Bennis Quotes

The leader's style pulls rather than pushes people.


Trust is the emotional glue that binds followers and leaders together.


The capacity to create a compelling vision and translate it into action and sustain it.

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With a vision, the executive provides the all-important bridge from the present to the future of the organization.


If I were to give off-the-cuff advice to anyone trying to institute change, I would say, "How clear is the metaphor?"

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Once you recognize, or admit, that your primary goal is to fully express yourself, you will find the means to achieve the rest of your goals.


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

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Excellence is a better teacher than is mediocrity.  The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere.  Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.


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