University of Southern California

Bennis Book Receives Axiom Award
Awards Celebrate "Books that Make us Think"
April 27, 2011 • by News at Marshall

USC Marshall Professor Warren Bennis’ recent book, Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership, won the gold medal in the memoir/biography category at the 2011 Axiom Book Awards.

Bennis’ memoir recounts his life growing up in the Depression, serving in the U.S. Army during World War II and going on to become an influential American scholar, organizational consultant and expert in the field of leadership.

In a Washington Postreview, Howard Gardner wrote that “Warren is at the happiest point in his life right now, because the roles that he assumed in the last 20 years—master teacher, mentor, writer, pundit, and, yes, guru—are the ones into which he has grown. And they have made him what he is, just as surely as he excelled in them because of who he is."

Bennis is University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and a professor of management and organization at USC Marshall. A lecturer, consultant and writer, Bennis has been an advisor to four U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic On Becoming a Leader. The Financial Times called Bennis "the professor who established leadership as a respectable academic field" and BusinessWeek named him one of the 10 most influential thought leaders in business in 2007.

The Axiom Business Book Awards celebrate excellence in business book writing and publishing. The annual awards contest is designed to bring increased recognition to the year’s best business books and their creators.


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