There is a point in the lives of leaders, a moment when the leader makes the grade, when they leap from management to leadership, from team member to leader. For Warren Bennis that moment came when he was the youngest infantry officer in the European theater of operations during World War II. This experience was what Bennis later labelled a “crucible”. “A crucible is by definition a transformative experience though which an individual comes to a new or an altered sense of identity,” Bennis wrote.
After the war Bennis was an undergraduate at Antioch College studying under Douglas McGregor, creator . . .
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