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Max DePree. Leadership Is An Art. Dell Trade Paperback, Of the dozen or so books published in the last few years that have stressed the role of the leader in achieving corporate excellence, this is the one that puts forward one forgotten but essential truth about leadership: Leaders have ideas.

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Max DePree. Leadership Is An Art. Dell Trade Paperback, Of the dozen or so books published in the last few years that have stressed the role of the leader in achieving corporate excellence, this is the one that puts forward one forgotten but essential truth about leadership: Leaders have ideas.

In short, the true leader is a listener. The leader listens to the ideas, needs, aspirations, and wishes of the followers and then — within the context of his or her own well-developed system of beliefs — responds to these in an appropriate fashion.

That is why the leader must know his own mind. That is why leadership requires ideas. And that is what this book is: a compendium of ideas about organizational leadership. The book is about the art of leadership: liberating people to do what is required of them in the most effective and humane way possible. Charles Eames taught me the usefulness of repetition. I often repeat myself, by design, to establish something and then connect it to something else. Leadership is an art, something to be learned over time, not simply by reading books.

Understanding and accepting diversity enables us to see that each of us is needed. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.

That sums up the progress of an artful leader. The measure of leadership is not the quality of the head, but the tone of the body. The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict? The art of leadership requires us to think about the leader-as-steward in terms of relationships: of assets and legacy, of momentum and effectiveness, of civility and values.

Leaders need to be concerned with the institutional value system which, after all, leads to the principles and standards that guide the practices of the people in the institution.

Leaders owe a covenant to the corporation or institution, which is, after all, a group of people. Leaders owe the organization a new reference point for what caring, purposeful, committed people can be in the institutional setting. Notice I did not say what people can do — what we can do is merely a consequence of what we can be. Leaders owe the corporation rationality. Rationality gives reason and mutual understanding to programs and to relationships. Leaders are obligated to provide and maintain momentum.

Leaders are responsible for effectiveness. Leaders must take a role in developing, expressing, and defending civility and values. I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

To be a leader means, especially, having the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who permit leaders to lead. What is it most of us really want from work? I believe that the most effective contemporary management process is participative management. Having a say differs from having a vote. Leaders need to foster environments and work processes within which people can develop high-quality relationships… Finally, one question: Would you rather work as a part of an outstanding group or be a part of a group of outstanding individuals?

This may be the key question in thinking about the premises behind participation. For many of us who work, there exists an exasperating discontinuity between how we see ourselves as persons and how we see ourselves as workers. We need to eliminate that sense of discontinuity and to restore a sense of coherence in our lives. In almost every group nearly everybody at different times and in different ways plays two roles: One is creator , and the other is implementer.

These rights are essential if there is to be a new concept of work. It is not a complete list of rights, of course, but these eight are essential. Roving leaders are those indispensable people in our lives who are there when we need them. Roving leaders take charge, in varying degrees, in a lot of companies every day. In many organizations there are two kinds of leaders — both hierarchical leaders and roving leaders.

In special situations, the hierarchical leader is obliged to identify the roving leader, then to support and follow him or her, and also to exhibit the grace that enables the roving leader to lead. Roving leadership is an issue-oriented idea. Roving leadership is the expression of the ability of hierarchical leaders to permit others to share ownership of problems — in effect, to take possession of a situation. Intimacy is at the heart of competence. It has to do with understanding, with believing, and with practice.

Beliefs are connected to intimacy. Beliefs come before policies or standards or practices. Practice without belief is a forlorn existence. Managers who have no beliefs but only understand methodology and quantification are modern-day eunuchs. Intimacy is betrayed by the inability of our leaders to focus and provide continuity and momentum. It is betrayed by finding complexity where simplicity ought to be.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of relationships in industry. The first and most easily understood is the contractual , …[which] covers the quid pro quo of working together.

A society based on the letter of the law and never reaching any higher, fails to take advantage of the full range of human possibilities. The letter of the law is too cold and formal to have a beneficial influence on society. Covenantal relationships, on the other hand, induce freedom, not paralysis. A covenantal relationship rests on shared commitment to ideas, to issues, to values, to goals, and to management processes.

Words such as love, warmth, personal chemistry are certainly pertinent. Covenantal relationships are open to influence. They fill deep needs and they enable work to have meaning and to be fulfilling.

Covenantal relationships reflect unity and grace and poise. They are an expression of the sacred nature of relationships. In our effort to understand the capitalist system and its future, what should we keep in mind?

We should begin with a concept of persons. First, as a Christian, I believe each person is made in the image of God. Therefore, we reject exclusivity. We covet inclusiveness. An inclusive system requires us to be insiders. We are interdependent , really unable to be productive by ourselves. Interdependency requires lavish communications. Lavish communications and an exclusive process are contradictory.

Second, the inclusive approach makes me think of a corporation or business or institution as a place of fulfilled potential. Finally, here is a third way to understand and define an inclusive approach. Inclusive capitalism requires something from everyone. People must respond actively to inclusiveness. Naturally, there is a cost to belonging. Giants give others the gift of space , space in both the personal and the corporate sense, space to be what one can be.

They must preserve and revitalize the values of the tribe. Love is an undefinalbe term, and its manifestations are both subtle and infinite. The capitalist system cannot avoid being better off by having more employees who act as if they own the place. What is good communication? What does it accomplish?

It is a prerequisite for teaching and learning. It is the way people can bridge the gaps. Nor is good communication simply a mechanical exchange of data. No matter how good the communication, if no one listens all is lost.

The best communication forces you to listen. Without effective communication, actively practiced, without the art of scrutiny, those values will disappear in a sea of trivial memos and impertinent reports.

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Pick up the key ideas in the book with this quick summary. Bookshelves are full of leadership manuals. This book refuses to present leadership as a single-minded quest for short-term profits. As this book summary show, leadership should be in the business of establishing and fostering fair, caring relationships as well as meaningful collaboration among employees. Good leadership, however, is the direct opposite of this caricature. Being a good leader is about being helpful, leading employees in a team with the ultimate goal of performing better.

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Look Inside. 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 , the book has sold more than , copies in hardcover and paperback. 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. Now more than ever, it provides the insights and guidelines leaders in every field need. More about Max Depree.

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Referenced in: Empowering Leadership. In this volume, De Pree writes about the art of leadership: liberating people to do what is required of them in the most effective and humane way possible. These ought to whet your appetite:. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.

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