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Warren Bennis

Warren Bennis is University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Southern California. His newest book is 'Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership.'

Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon

I would vote for Joe Maddon, manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, as best leader of 2008.
Why? Because he took a team, the worst in 2007, to win the World Series in 2008, and he did it with the second lowest payroll in Major League Baseball.

Additionally, the team registered the largest average increase in attendance than any team in MLB and almost a 100 percent increase in TV viewing. This team may be successful for a long, long time in part because it's a very young team: The average age of their rotating pitching staff just under 25. The big reason cited for Maddon's success is "candor and honesty." He demonstrates both those qualities, plus good taste in choosing players and that all-time winner: plain common sense.

By Warren Bennis

 |  December 30, 2008; 10:29 AM ET
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while it should not necessarily take away from the leadership qualities of Joe Maddon, it is an important fact to note that the Philadelphia Phillies won the 2008 world series. Tampa Bay won the American League Championship.

Posted by: gilp1 | January 1, 2009 11:32 AM
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