'On Becoming a Leader' by Warren Bennis, is a business classic. At 19 Bennis was the youngest infantry commander among the allies to fight in the Second World War. He later became the founder and distinguished Professor of Leadership at the Marshall School of Business, and worked on a daily basis with the best leaders in the World. The theme of the book is that true leaders are not interested in proving themselves, but in being able to express themselves fully. For Bennis’s leaders, life is not a competition but a flowering. ‘What we need to know gets lost in what...
Our Business Book Series brings you summaries and stories from classical and contemporary business books that can be usefully applied for the success of your business; thinking that changes lives; tools that transform businesses. The first book in the series is ‘The One Minute Manager’, by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. Told in story form, the author accepts that management can't always be performed in a minute but the overriding principle is that managing people is much less complicated than we think. The book came as a breath of fresh air when first published in 1982. It was firmly based on behavioural...

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