On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis

The style of writing is lucid and engaging. Concepts are explained with several examples to drive home a point.
the author refers to the book ‘No Limits to learning: Bridging the Human Gap’ by James W. Botkin et al and describes two principal modes of conventional learning.
Maintenance learning is the acquisition of fixed outlook, methods and rules for dealing with known recurring situations.
Shock learning occurs when events overwhelm people. It can be seen as a product of elitism, technocracy and authoritarianism.
Both these learning types accept conventional wisdom. In other words, what is taught is accepted and not questioned.
He refers to the 3 steps: mastering the content and surrendering to the context and mastering the context. TO him leaders are not born but made. Among other things, a guiding vision is essential for a leader. Candor is the key to self knowledge.
An interesting reference to leaders being once born or twice-born. Once born are invented by circumstances where as twice born have invented themselves.
The topic is dealt with in an easy style that one can easily read through and relate to their needs.

Published by Dr. Pramila Kudva

I am a teacher educator currently worrking as a Principal of a reputed school in North Mumbai, have more than 30 years of experience, with several publications to my credit and have authored a book -"From chalk to Talk The Art of Teaching.

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