Warren Bennis (1925-2014), Leadership consultant

Warren_BennisOne of the most sought after business leadership consultants in history, Warren Bennis advised presidents, business leaders, and students, and along the way became one of the most generous of mentors. He wrote more than 30 books on leadership and earned the title, “father of leadership.”

As an educator he led classes at Harvard, Boston University, MIT, and USC. His own mentors included Nobel Prize winning scholars, and one of the most well-known of his mentors was social psychologist Douglas McGregor. Dr. Bennis said Doug McGregor, “Pulled qualities from me I didn’t know were present. He not only recognized my potential, but he also gave me confidence.”

“Having a mentor like Warren Bennis,” wrote Dr. Mark Goulston, “not only makes you want to do a better job, it makes you want to be a better person.” Another business leader mentored by Warren Bennis was Dave Logan, founder of CultureSync. In describing the many things he learned from his mentor Dr. Logan said, “I’ve learned that no matter how busy I am, life will go much better for everyone (including me) if I take time out to mentor.”

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