Famous for his pioneering work in the academic field of Leadership Studies, Bennis founded the University of Southern California's Leadership Institute and penned such groundbreaking works as On Becoming A Leader (which was translated into multiple languages) and An Invented Life (which received a Pulitzer Prize nomination).
After serving in World War II as a member of a United States Army infantry unit, he studied at Antioch College and the London School of Economics and went on to receive his doctorate in Economics and Social Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During the 1970s, he served as President of the University of Cincinnati.
Born in New York City and raised in Westwood, New Jersey, he later settled in Southern California. His first marriage-- to Clurie Williams Bennis -- resulted in children named Katharine, John, and Will; in 1992, he married his second wife, Grace Gabe.
He and self-help author Werner Erhard both rose to fame as leadership experts.