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Your Visionary Self

Developing character and vision is the way leaders invent themselves.

—WARREN BENNIS

ON BECOMING A VISIONARY LEADER

When it comes to the important personal dimensions of leadership, and the pivotal role you play yourself in enacting what you stand for, I’m a big fan of the work of Warren Bennis, one of the most eminent thinkers in this field. His landmark book On Becoming a Leader—the title of which inspired the heading of this section—is one I often recommend. In it, Bennis promotes an integrated perspective on leadership, consisting of four essential competencies: vision, adaptive capacity, voice, and integrity.1 Vision and adaptive capacity already feature prominently throughout this book; in this chapter, we’ll explore ...

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