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Warren Bennis

1925 – 2014 CE

Authentic Leadership pioneering thought leader

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Quotes by Warren Bennis (21 quotes)

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.”

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“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

Themes: Leadership

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“There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.”

Themes: Creativity

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“Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.”

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“Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.”

Themes: Competition

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“The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.”

Themes: Conformity

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“Leaders learn by leading, and they learn best by leading in the face of obstacles. As weather shapes mountains, problems shape leaders.”

Themes: Problems

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“I’d always rather err on the side of openness. But there’s a difference between optimum and maximum openness, and fixing that boundary is a judgment call.”

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“Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.”

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“In life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.”

Themes: Business Change

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“Emotional intelligence, more than any other factor, more than I.Q. or expertise, accounts for 85% to 90% of success at work… I.Q. is a threshold competence. You need it, but it doesn’t make you a star. Emotional intelligence can.”

Themes: Wisdom Success

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“Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination.”

Themes: Truth

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“Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart”

Themes: Inspiration

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“Nothing lasts forever - not even your troubles”

Themes: Impermanence

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“It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge”

Themes: Ignorance

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“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”

Themes: Friendship

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“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”
Themes: Patience

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“Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time… but it isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”

Themes: Success

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“The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.”

Themes: Opinion

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“All some folks want is their fair share… and yours.”

Themes: Greed

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“Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope.”

Themes: Hope

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