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Leadership Is an Art
– Max De Pree

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Max Depree has made himself known in the business world as the chairman and CEO of Herman Miller, Inc. The record of this company is quite impressive. This company was named by Fortune magazine in 1989 as one of the ten best innovative and managed companies. One of the major strengths of the company presented in this book was that it was one of the best companies to work for in America.. This was not only supported by outside analysis but was also supported by those who worked for the company every day of the week.

A significantly different work philosophy is presented throughout this book. There is an unusual approach by Depree and his executives to “abandoning oneself to the strengths of others.” This approach is quite different from the philosophies of many (maybe most) corporations. There is an approach in Depree’s management skills which trusts the talents and strengths of those who are hired to work in the company.  [From: likeateam.com]

 “In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.” 

“Leadership is an art, something to be learned over time, not simply by reading books. Leadership is more tribal than scientific, more a weaving of relationships than an amassing of information, and, in that sense, I don’t know how to pin it down in every detail.”

“A good family, a good institution, or a good corporation can be a place of healing. It can be a place where work becomes redemptive, where every person is included on her own terms. We know in our hearts that to be included is both beautiful and right. Leaders have to find a way to work that out, to contribute toward that vision.”

 “When we think about the people with whom we work, people on whom we depend, we can see that without each individual, we are not going to go very far as a group. By ourselves, we suffer serious limitations. Together we can be something wonderful.”

LEADERSHIP IS AN ART has long been a must-read not only within the business community but also in professions ranging from academia to medical practices, to the political arena. First published in 1989, the book has sold more than 800,000 copies in hardcover and paperback. This revised edition brings Max De Pree’s timeless words and practical philosophy to a new generation of readers.De Pree looks at leadership as a kind of stewardship, stressing the importance of building relationships, initiating ideas, and creating a lasting value system within an organization. Rather than focusing on the “hows” of corporate life, he explains the “whys.” He shows that the first responsibility of a leader is to define reality and the last is to say thank you. Along the way, the artful leader must:

• Stimulate effectiveness by enabling others to reach both their personal potential and their institutional potential

• Take a role in developing, expressing, and defending civility and values

• Nurture new leaders and ensure the continuation of the corporate culture

“We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet; and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog has made an alliance with us.”

LEADERSHIP IS AN ART offers a proven design for achieving success by developing the generous spirit within all of us. Now more than ever, it provides the insights and guidelines leaders in every field need. [From: Amazon.com]

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