Thursday, September 07, 2006

Book Review: Why leaders can't lead

Why leaders can't lead

The Unconscious Conspiracy Continues by Warren Bennis.

Peter Drucker is quoted on the cover as saying Warren Bennis' background "makes Why Leaders Can't Lead the best book on how leaders can lead." I disagree. This book is much more of cynical. All but the last two chapter do nothing but complain about the way things are and the way people have handled situations. It is dated and spends much of it's time in the Nixon and Reagan administrations. For a leadership book from a former President of a University it was surprising how there were no specific suggestions of how to make Universities better. This feels more like Mr. Bennis wanted to make a buck by reselling the same book that he wrote 20 years ago by having it reprinted. Even the two chapters of suggestions don't feel like anything of substance.

Had I read the reviews at Amazon first, I probably would not have read the book. It is just too much of a rant. And for a book that's ultimately supposed to be about showing how to lead, I completely disagree with his practice of complaining 90% of the time. That's not leading, it's bitching.

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