Warren Bennis is a University Professor and the Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and is the Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Research Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He is the Visiting Professor of Leadership at the University of Exeter and a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s School of Public Policy and Social Research. Warren is also a co-chair of Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development.
He has written or edited 26 books, including the best selling Leaders and On Becoming a Leader, both translated into 21 languages. The Financial Times recently named Leaders as one of the top 50 business books of all time. In 1993 Addison-Wesley published a book of his essays, “An Inverted Life: Reflections on Leadership and Change,” which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Mr. Bennis has received 12 honorary degrees and has served on numerous boards of advisers, including Claremont University, American Leadership Forum, the American Chamber of Commerce and the Salk Institute. He has served on 4 US Presidential Advisory Boards and has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies, including G.E., Ford, and Starbucks. The Wall Street Journal named him as one of the top ten speakers on management in 1993 and in 1996, Forbes magazine referred to him as the “Dean of Leadership Gurus.”