In On Becoming a Leader, he took aim at corporate leadership, finding it particularly ineffectual and tracing its failings in part to corporate corruption, extravagant executive compensation and an undue emphasis on quarterly earnings over long-term benefits, both for the business itself and society at large. We are at least halfway through the looking glass, on our way to utter chaos, he wrote in On Becoming a Leader. When the very model of a modern manager becomes CEO, he does not become a leader, he becomes a boss, and it is the bosses who have gotten America into its current fix. Warren Gamaliel Bennis was born in the Bronx on March 8, 1925. He grew up in Westwood, N.J., during the Great Depression. With the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Army and completed officers training at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1944, as a newly commissioned 19-year old lieutenant, he became one of the youngest platoon leaders to serve in Europe, arriving just as the Battle of the Bulge was concluding. He was awarded both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. After the war he enrolled at Antioch College in Ohio and earned a bachelors degree in 1947. Its innovative president, Douglas McGregor, a social psychologist, had taken him under his wing and recommended him to MIT for postgraduate work. There he completed a doctorate in economics, studying under Paul A.
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