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20 Remarkable Leadership Quotes from On Becoming a Leader

[fa icon="calendar"] 02-Nov-2015 11:30:00 / by Iliyana Stareva

Warren Bennis quote on leadership

Next to inbound PR, my latest area of interest and learning has been leadership. You may recall my recent infographic on the differences between leadership and management.

I’ve been reading a lot on the topic and recently finished one of the classics: Warren Bennis’ On Becoming a Leader.

It’s certainly a book that I can recommend to anyone, not just people interested in learning more about leadership, and so I thought I’d share with you my favourite quotes.

You can check out the leadership quotes in the SlideShare below, but there were a few other things that impressed me, so here’s some more food for thought for you:

"Change—relentless change—is our weather now. It is that constant and that unpredictable."

"I cannot stress too much the need for self-invention. To be authentic is literally to be your own author (the words derive from the same Greek root), to discover your own native energies and desires, and then to find your own way of acting on them. When you’ve done that, you are not existing simply in order to live up to an image posited by the culture or by some other authority or by a family tradition. When you write your own life, then no matter what happens, you have played the game that was natural for you to play."

"You are your own raw material. When you know what you consist of and what you want to make of it, then you can invent yourself."

"Know thyself, then, means separating who you are and who you want to be from what the world thinks you are and wants you to be."

"Adults learn best when they take charge of their own learning. Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is sine qua non in becoming an integrated person."

"Talent is one thing, while its triumphant expression is another. Only when we are fully deployed are we capable of that triumphant expression. Full deployment, engagement, hone and sharpen all of one’s gifts, and ensure that one will be an original, not a copy."

"Writing is the most profound way of codifying your thoughts, the best way of learning from yourself who you are and what you believe."

"But even as technology has facilitated the global exchange of ideas and made the world a smaller place, it has failed to make it a peaceful one."

"My version of religion is ‘You are responsible.’"

Enjoy Warren Bennis’ timeless learnings!


Which one is your favourite quote?


Topics: Leadership

Iliyana Stareva

Written by Iliyana Stareva

Iliyana Stareva is the author of Inbound PR - the book that is transforming the PR industry. She's also a keynote speaker and a consultant in inbound and digital for fast-growing companies and agencies. Currently, Iliyana is Chief of Staff to the EMEA President at ServiceNow. Before that, she held global and EMEA-wide positions at Cisco and HubSpot. She is also certified by the PMI as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®. In her free time, you can find Iliyana writing for her blog, dancing salsa or travelling the world.

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