Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader

Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader

Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader

Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader


Leading an organization is different from managing it. Managers want to be efficient. Leaders want to be effective. If you want to develop your leadership skills, the first step is Learning to Lead. Over his distinguished career Warren Bennis- "master practitioner, researcher, and theoretician all in one" (Tom Peters)- has shown how leaders are made, not born. Here he writes in partnership with Joan Goldsmith, a management development expert known for her "team approach,… basic humanity, and love of life" (Peter Schneider, President of Walt Disney Feature Animation). Together they help managers build themselves into leaders. Using wisdom from the world's best leaders, helpful self-assessments, and dozens of one-day skill-building exercises, Learning to Lead invites you to discover the joy of leadership. Learn to see beyond leadership myths, translate failures into springboards for renewed creativity, and communicate your vision for your organization. Never has the inspiring art of leadership been presented in such a practical form.


In which we establish the critical need for leadership at all levels of society, invite the reader's partnership in building leaders, and preview the structure of this book as a learning tool.

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life, and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life, to life he can only respond by being responsible.

Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Writing and studying leadership has become a growth industry in recent years, yet our cities seem to have sunk deeper into crisis, our communities are in turmoil, our political leaders of both parties are repeatedly charged with ethical violations, and the world's multiple crises demand the immediate attention they are not receiving.

It is plainly not enough to appeal to existing leaders, we need a higher quality of leadership among all our citizens. Each of us needs to take to heart Viktor Frankl's admonition that each of us must be responsible for our own lives, and for the life of our community and our world. We are questioned daily by life, which asks us whether we are willing and able to fulfill our potential and respond to the enormous demands we face as a society.

We have written this book in the belief that honest, capable, ethical leadership is possible for all of us, and to support you in your journey to more effective leadership. The process . . .

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