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Why Leaders Can't Lead: The Unconscious Conspiracy Continues [Paperback]

By Warren G. Bennis (Author) & Bennis (Author)
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Item description for Why Leaders Can't Lead: The Unconscious Conspiracy Continues by Warren G. Bennis & Bennis...

In this reissue of the definitive book on leadership, Warren Bennis defines what keeps leaders from performing to their highest potential. Using specific examples from our country's recent past, Bennis presents theories on why leadership has taken a slide downward. "The best book on how leaders can lead".--Peter Drucker.

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A Selection of the Executive Program and Fortune Book Clubs
Leaders beware. There's an unconscious conspiracy afoot, aiming to sabotage your plans and undermine your vision. Entrenched bureaucracy, ominous social trends, and mind-numbing routine are among its members?and their proliferation is an unfortunate sign of our times. But take heart. In this highly acclaimed work, legendary management consultant Warren Bennis unmasks the culprits, analyzes their tactics, and offers new insights for change agents struggling to take charge in an era that conspires against effective leadership.
The best book on how leaders can lead.
--Peter Drucker
Bennis teaches leaders to maximize their virtues, correct their faults, face change successfully, and love their work. Leaders will win, but so will their organizations: Bennis advocates a collaborative leadership that empowers employees and enhances organizational effectiveness.
A priceless gift to those seeking to be accountable leaders.
--Max De Pree, author of Leading Without Power
So learn why leaders can't lead. Then learn how they can lead. This book--alive with warmth and wisdom--is essential reading both for leaders and for the human resource professionals who teach them.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Jossey-Bass
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 21, 1997
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787909432  
ISBN13  9780787909437  

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More About Warren G. Bennis & Bennis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Southern California and a consultant to multinational companies and governments around the world. He also chairs the Advisory Board of the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. He is author of more than thirty books and dozens of other articles on leadership, including Managing the Dream, Organizing Genius, and Learning to Lead. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

Warren G. Bennis currently resides in Santa Monica, in the state of California.

Warren G. Bennis has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Harperbusiness Essentials
  2. Jossey-Bass Management
  3. Jossey-Bass US Non-Franchise Leadership

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Reviews - What do customers think about Why Leaders Can't Lead: The Unconscious Conspiracy Continues?

Sad  Sep 27, 2003
I read this several years ago, set it aside, and idly picked it up to reread recently. I had forgotten just how bad this book is. It's the cry of a frustrated 1960s liberal who found, at the end of the 1980s, that the world had refused to reshape itself in accordance with his utopian wishes. Bennis is usually pretty coherent, but this book isn't. Rather than providing insight into the dilemmas of leadership, it really makes me wonder if Bennis knows much about leading at all.
80% Rant  Sep 27, 2001
I am mystified why Peter Drucker would lend his endorsement to this book. I'm only 70 pages into it, but have elected to write my first book review because I DISLIKE this book!

So far, I have read chapter after chapter of ranting about why the golden of age of America began in 1962 and ended in 1963. Television, fast food, yuppies, and above all, rock and roll, have conspired to corrupt America and with it, ostensibly, the world.

What a crock! How about getting on with life!

Bennis' style is chaotic and has a serious left-wing bias.  May 21, 1999
I agree with Bennis' premise that there is an "Unconscious Conspiracy" which sucks the life and creativity out of would be modern leaders. However, I was extremely disappointed in the chaotic prose and exclusive stabs at politically conservative leaders. For example, he highlighted Ralph Nader as an example of a good modern leader.

Throughout the book, I had trouble figuring out what Bennis was trying to convey. I don't normally hate a book, having loved so many before. But I hate this one. Stick to Dilbert, it's more apropo.

One of the most exciting books I have ever read!  Mar 31, 1999
Warren Bennis has a talent for being able to see and articulate the "big picture" problems that are plaguing the majority of organizations today. He uses many, many examples to show cause and effect relationships between poor leadership and organizational health. He is an outspoken fan of creativity, vision, trust and momentum within the work force and exegetic in his treatment of corporations, colleges, the military, Non-Profits, etc.- He is blunt about greed, reactionism and hubris while presenting an exciting picture of our Country and it's potential when leaders (not managers) are allowed to instill hope in the people who do the work.

I am buying a copy for each of my employees!!


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