"After watching so many American presidents derailed by a culture of secrecy Richard Nixon and George W. Bush are only the most recent one might imagine that transparency would become the watchword of leaders everywhere. Alas, it has not: witness Enron and subprime mortgages. Here in these pages, with arguments that are enormously compelling, Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, and James O′Toole urge leaders of every stripe to create ′a culture of candor′ around them.?Please give this book to?anyone heading toward the front office, especially if it is oval."
David Gergen, professor and director of the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University; former White House advisor; author of Eyewitness to Power
"Transparency vividly describes the powerful imperative for open and honest communication in a boundless world transformed by information technology and its impact on corporations and politics. With many practical examples, the authors underscore the importance of the leadership values of integrity, candor, courage, and responsibility as fundamental to sustainable success in an increasingly complex environment."
Daniel Vasella, M.D., chairman and CEO, Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland
"In this vital new book, Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, and Jim O′Toole have teamed up to address the vital question of our times, whether organizations have the courage to be open, honest, and most of all, transparent. They give deep insights into why transparency is essential to long–term business success. It is a mustread for anyone who wants to build an authentic organization."
Bill George, former CEO, Medtronic; professor, Harvard Business School; author of True North and Authentic Leadership
Preface viiWarren Bennis
1 Creating a culture of candor 1Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, and Patricia Ward Biederman
2 Speaking truth to power 45James O′Toole
3 The new transparency 93Warren Bennis
The authors 129
Warren Bennis is Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and founding chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. He also serves as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University′s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Judgment and On Becoming a Leader.
Daniel Goleman authored the best–selling books Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership. He is codirector of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based at Rutgers University.
James O′Toole is the Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Denver′s Daniels College of Business. He is the author of seventeen books, including The Executive′s Compass, Creating the Good Life, and Leading Change.