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On Becoming a Leader

The Leadership Classic Revised and Updated
Written by: Warren Bennis
Narrated by: Walter Dixon
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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For many years, Warren Bennis has persuasively argued that leaders are not born - they are made. And for countless readers, On Becoming a Leader has served as a beacon of insight, delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to achieve it. In a world increasingly defined by turbulence and uncertainty, the call to leadership is more urgent than ever.

Featuring a provocative new epilogue on the challenges and opportunities facing leaders today, this new edition will inspire the next generation and guide us into the future.

©2009 Warren Bennis (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

What the critics say

“On Becoming a Leader is the indispensable handbook for anyone who has become a leader. Warren Bennis maps the terrain of leadership with a rare sense of wisdom and authority.” (Daniel Goleman)
"Recommended for all business collections." ( Library Journal)

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  • Matthew
  • 2016-12-02

A few gems amongst a lot of waffle


I listened to this book directly after listening to 'Up the Organization' a brilliant leadership book by Robert Townsend. The first chapter was so boring that I almost stopped listening and began thinking whether Audible had a refund policy for crap books. The author went on and on about the American context, which didn't capture my attention (as as Australian). I think even the most patriotic American would struggle with so much waffle. I persisted and was eventually rewarded with a few leadership gems scattered throughout the book. The book needs a good editorial prune and rewrite.

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  • pajamajo65
  • 2015-09-09

Great book!

This book offered so much great information. Keep in mind the time it was written because some things have already changed. However, the information provided in this book is information that can be used any time.

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  • Jerelyn
  • 2015-01-17

Very Informative and Well Thought Out Book

I read this book with one of my employees and we discussed it and she had very good questions on how I manage and how she should develop a management style etc. This book was an awesome and thought provoking part of an ongoing development process for this employee.

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  • Ana
  • 2014-02-09

awesome and very real!

Would you listen to On Becoming a Leader again? Why?

YES, Definitely.... , I can learn a lot more by reading over and over again and reflect on everything that the book is teaching me about leadership.

What did you like best about this story?

I love every chapter in this book. Every chapter has something to learn!

What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The way he narrates the book is as real as life is....

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

every chapter had its moments.

Any additional comments?

I want to read more books like this one and I would recommend to every supervisor, leader, or anyone that wants to know about leadership is .....

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  • Shuja
  • 2013-03-26

One of the best book on leadership development.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is a must READ for anyone who likes to learn more about what you need to be a great leader.

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  • Chuck
  • 2020-05-11

Good read on leadership

Warren Bennis is one of The Godfather’s of leadership research. Well worth the time to listen / read.

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  • Nicolas Luna
  • 2020-04-14

A must read if you’re going to manage or own business

On Becoming A Leader is a great book. Warren Bennis exposes the poor quality of leaders that has lead to harsh things happening to our country(US) he also tells it like it is and talks about how leadership and CEO’s need to be going forward in the future if we are to thrive. Some of the things he says are eye opening or just in general you get the feeling that he’s firing off verbal shots at the upper class greed. I recommend to anyone going to manage or run a business. This book will remain a relevant and valuable piece of work for up and coming and current leaders for years to come.

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  • Shawn S.
  • 2019-11-13

Some Good Points

If you can get past the first two chapters, you’ll find a couple nuggets in the latter portion of this book. Most of this is rehashed leadership jargon you’ve probably heard 100’s of times.

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  • Carrie
  • 2019-07-11

Political Rant not leadership

If you’re interested in the authors political opinions go ahead and listen. I could get past his judgement of people at the very beginning to hear if he had anything to say about leadership. What he doesn’t demonstrate are inclusionary leadership qualities himself.

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  • NK
  • 2019-03-13

What to focus on to become a Leader

Lots of examples to illustrate the points. Easy to understand and useful tips for executives to avoid pitfalls.