Warren Bennis, who Bill George calls the "father of leadership", died this week after establishing a legacy of research, writing, teaching, and advising that is unparalled in leadership studies. In the nature-nurture debate, he came out strongly on the side that says people can learn to become leaders. He writes in On Becoming a Leader:
Leaders wonder about everything, want to learn as much as they can, are willing to take risks, experiment, try new things. They do not worry about failure but embrace errors, knowing they will learn from them.
We can all learn to become better leaders by heeding the words that Bennis left behind.