Who was Warren Bennis?

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


Who was Warren Bennis?

Warren Gamaliel Bennis (1925 – 2014) was an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership studies.


Within the area of management, Bennis sought to move from theory to practice in 1967, taking the post of provost of the State University of New York at Buffalo and the presidency of the University of Cincinnati in 1971. Bennis spent time as an adviser to four United States presidents and several other public figures, and has also consulted for numerous FORTUNE 500 companies.

He has also spent time on the faculties of Harvard and Boston University and taught at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), INSEAD and IMD. In addition to his posts at USC, Bennis served as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He was a visiting professor of leadership at the University of Exeter (UK) and a senior fellow at UCLA’s School of Public Policy and Social Research.


  • The Wall Street Journal named him as one of the top ten most sought speakers on management in 1993;
  • Forbes magazine referred to him as the “dean of leadership gurus” in 1996.
  • The Financial Times referred to him in 2000 as “the professor who established leadership as a respectable academic field.”

Text : Wikipedia contributors. “Warren Bennis.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 May. 2017. Web.

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