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Leadership Is an Art

Max DePree

First published in 1989, this revised edition of Max DePree's timeless words brings his practical philosophy to a new generation of readers. Now more than ever, it provides necessary insights and guidelines to leaders in every field.

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Publisher: Crown Business
Publish Date: 05/18/2004
Pages: 176
ISBN-13: 9780385512466
ISBN-10: 0385512465
Language: English

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November 06, 2009

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February 16, 2009

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In what has become a bible for the business world, the successful former CEO of Herman Miller, Inc., explores how executives and managers can learn the leadership skills that build a better, more profitable organization.
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
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.

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