Warren Bennis

Distinguished Fellow


Warren Bennis is the founding chairman of USC's Leadership Institute, distinguished professor of business administration at the USC Marshall School of Business and advisory board chairman of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School. For the past 14 years, he and USC President Steven B. Sample have taught an honors class, "The Art and Adventure of Leadership."

One of the world's foremost experts on leadership, Bennis has written 30 books and numerous articles on leadership, change and creative collaboration. His book, Leaders, was designated by the Financial Times as one of the Top 50 Business Books of All Time. He received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for An Invented Life. Geeks & Geezers, co-authored with Bob Thomas and republished (2007) in paperback as Leading For A Lifetime, which examines the differences and similarities between leaders 70 years and older and 32 years and younger. In 2005, HarperCollins published his series of conversations with the late Bob Townsend, Reinventing Leadership. His bestselling book On Becoming A Leader, republished in 2009 on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, has been named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time and considered the top leadership book.

Prior to his tenure at USC, Bennis spent 11 years as a university administrator, first as provost at SUNY-Buffalo and then as president of the University of Cincinnati. He has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies and has served as an adviser to five U.S. presidents. In May 2000, the Financial Times referred to Bennis as "the professor who established leadership as a respectable academic field." Forbes referred to him as the "dean of leadership gurus." In 2007, Business Week named Bennis as one of the top 10 most influential thought leaders. In World War II, at the age of 19, he led an infantry platoon in Germany, honored with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He received his Ph.D. in 1955 from MIT in economics and social science.

You can reach Bennis through his personal website, www.warrenbennis.com or you can send him an email at ContactWarrenBennis@Gmail.com. Any other inquiries about Mr. Bennis can be directed to commlead@usc.edu.

Blog Posts by Warren Bennis

As online learning grows, the college campus lives on

By Warren Bennis | December 24, 2012 0
This blog first appeared on the Bloomberg Businessweek website....

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Trained Incapacity: The Rise of Specialized Master's Degrees

By Warren Bennis | December 10, 2012 0
This blog first appeared on the Bloomberg Businessweek website. "Generalist species is able to thrive in a wide variety of environmental conditions and can make use of a variety of different resources. A specialist species can only survive in a narrow range of environmental conditions." - Warren Bennis When I...

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Business Leaders on the Silver Screen

By Warren Bennis | November 27, 2012 0
Robert Redford, center, stars in the 1972 film "The Candidate" This blog first appeared on the Bloomberg Businessweek website. Thanksgiving is Hollywood's Holiday, when the cinema capital of the world releases its very best films as close to the end of the year as possible. And for two very good...

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Warren Bennis In the News

CCLP distinguished fellow Warren Bennis has been featured on Fast Company's website in their Leadership Hall of Fame. Click here to read an interview with Mr. Bennis where he discusses his landmark book On Becoming A Leader.

Distinguished Fellow Warren Bennis' 15 Rules for Great Groups was cited in a leadership article on the CBS Interactive Business Network, entitled "Making a Team Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts."

Distinguished Fellow Warren Bennis suggests "too many CEO's are bosses not leaders," according to the article "The rise of feminine in business." The article citing Bennis can be found in Smart Company (AU).

BNET cited Distinguished CCLP Fellow Warren Bennis regarding people who face hardship and emerge as stronger leaders as a result.

Distinguished Fellow Warren Bennis was cited in an article on The Globe and Mail on the business practices of rock group, The Beatles, and how their leadership changed the music industry.

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