Some years ago, books such as The Wisdom of Crowds and Infotopia vindicated many of his beliefs about how the collective power of organizations far exceeded the insights or abilities of the VIPs in the C-suite. One of Warrens favoriteand beststories involved the distinction between two noted 19th century British prime ministers, William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli. He would say that it was observed that when you dined with Gladstone, you usually left thinking, That Gladstone is just the wittiest, most charming, most intelligent person around. But when you dined with Disraeli, you usually left thinking, I am just the wittiest, most charming, most intelligent person around. That Disraeli way, which puts others in a position contribute and shine, is the way of the true leader, Warren said. He was usually too humble to confess that hed first got the story from an article that was written by a colleague, who was suggesting that Warren himself was like Disraeli. His colleague was right. The thousands of people he touched would affirm that this was their own personal, prized experience whenever they were in his presence.
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