Warren Bennis (born March 8, 1925) is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author who is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of Leadership studies. Bennis is University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. Bennis was born in Westwood, New Jersey and enlisted in the United States Army in 1943, eventually becoming one of the Army’s youngest infantry officers in the European theater of operations. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After leaving the military, Bennis attended Antioch College where he earned his BA in 1951. In 1952, Bennis was awarded an Honors Certificate from London School of Economics, andwas named a Hicks Fellow at MIT. Bennis earned his PhD from MIT in 1955, majoring in Social Sciences and Economics. He joined the faculty and eventually held the post of chairman of the Organizational Studies Department. He went on to serve as provost of the State University of New York at Buffalo and in 1971 was appointed president of the University of Cincinnati. During this period he authored two books on leadership, "The Leaning Ivory Tower" (1973) and "The Unconscious Conspiracy: Why Leaders Can’t Lead" (1976). In 1979 he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California. He has published 27 books, inclluding "Leaders" and "On Becoming A Leader", both translated into 21 languages. "An Invented Life" was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Bennis has spent time as an adviser to four United States presidents and several other public figures, and has also consulted for numerous FORTUNE 500 companies. He has also spent time on the faculties of Harvard and Boston Universities and taught at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), INSEAD and IMD. In addition to his current posts at USC, Bennis serves as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He is a visiting professor of leadership at the University of Exeter (UK) and a senior fellow at UCLA’s School of Public Policy and Social Research.
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