All Quotations / Quotations from Warren Bennis
Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.
Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.
Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.
Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most nontrivial problems require collective solutions.
People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.
There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.
What makes a good follower The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.
You need people who can walk their companies into the future rather than back them into the future.