Warren Bennis: Leaders Shape Reality

Warren Bennis quote, leadership is the capacity to translate vision into realityWarren Bennis is one of the originators of modern leadership. He was the founding chairman (and professor) of the Leadership Institute of Southern California. He is the author of over 30 books. His great contribution was to write in ways that were accurate, personable, interesting and accessible to the non-academic. In other words - he wrote for leaders living at the EDGE of where the action was. 

Bennis died a few weeks ago. I did a post with links to some thoughtful eulogies. I am running a short series of posts on some of his great thoughts. In each post I will also mention one of his great books that are well worth reading.

Here is the QUOTE.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Bennis certainly understood that all great leaders have vision. They see something that is inspiring and compelling. But dreamers do that as well. Leaders are those who have the capacity to not only see something better... but the skills sets to activate and mobilize others to turn a dream into actuality, a vision into reality.

Strategizing, team building, problem solving, change management and many more skills are the capacities needed to translate vision into reality. Dreamers dream. Leaders Lead. There is a great difference.

Are you a Dreamer or a Leader?
How can you tell?
Take a look around you and see - what are you actually creating and building?

Warren Bennis, Leadership Strategies for Taking ChargeHere is the BOOK.
Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge

Here are the themes Bennis covers in this book.

A new theory of leadership
Leading others and managing yourself
The power of vision that is widely held
Being a social architect of your organization and its mission
Issues of trust
On becoming a learning organization
The work of empowering others in your organization.


Brian K. Rice
Leadership  ConneXtions International