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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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“This is a wonderful book. It captures Max’s spirit—and he’s a truly exceptional person. But it also says more about leadership in clearer, more elegant, and more convincing language than many of the much longer books that have been published on the subject.”—Peter F. Drucker

“His opus is as worthy as scripture.”— New York Times Book Review

“Like the elegant furniture his company makes, De Pree’s book provides a valuable lesson in grace, style, and the elements of success.”— Time

Leadership Is an Art is one of the best books I have ever read in my life on the subject of leadership and business management philosophy.”—Sam Walton

“Perhaps we should banish all of our management books except Max De Pree’s recent gem, Leadership Is an Art. The successful Herman Miller, Inc., chairman . . . . writes only about trust, grace, spirit, and love . . . . such concerns are the essence of organizations, small or large.”— Inc. magazine

About the Author

MAX DE PREE is chairman emeritus of Herman Miller, Inc., the primary innovator in the furniture business for sixty years and regularly included as one of Fortune’s 25 Most Admired Companies in the United States. The author of the bestselling Leadership Jazz, as well as Leading Without Power, Called to Serve, and Dear Zoe, De Pree has been mentoring emerging leaders in both the profit and non—profit sectors for more than twenty years, and was elected by Fortune magazine to the National Business Hall of Fame.

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Wally Bock
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Like having a conversation with a more experienced friend.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2017
I read Leadership Is an Art by Max DePree for the first time almost 30 years ago. I highlighted it, wrote in the margins, and learned some of its lessons. I thought it was a great book then. When I opened the book this past summer, I was amazed by two things. I... See more
I read Leadership Is an Art by Max DePree for the first time almost 30 years ago. I highlighted it, wrote in the margins, and learned some of its lessons. I thought it was a great book then.

When I opened the book this past summer, I was amazed by two things. I was amazed that I had not opened this book in more than two decades. And, I was amazed at how many things in this book had become part of the tapestry that is the way I think about leadership.

Max DePree speaks to me in an especially strong voice because we start from a similar place. We are both Christians, and that affects how we try to live our lives. We both believe that leadership is a servant role and that what leaders are challenged to do is unleash the potential of others.

Now, if any of that bothers you, you won’t enjoy this book. If you think any mention of faith is inappropriate in a business book or that servant leadership is mushy nonsense or that leaders are there to show people the way, not to unleash their energies, you won’t like this book. Don’t buy it. Don’t read it. If you do choose to buy it, here’s what you’ll find.

There is a retired executive that I see frequently. We share good meals and good wine and other drinks. Occasionally, we have a cigar together. Some of the time we talk about what it’s like to be the person responsible for a group.

My friend was an executive vice president in a Fortune 200 company. He created their international business in the 50s and 60s. He knows a lot about people and leadership and doing the right thing. Over meals and cigars and drinks and sometimes just sitting on the deck, we talk about those things.

Reading Leadership is an Art is a lot like having a conversation with my friend. He’s principled and clear-thinking. He will challenge you from time to time.

I suggest that if you buy this book you do a couple of things to get the most out of it. The first one is read the preface that DePree wrote for the latest edition of the book. The original book was published in 1987, DePree’s preface is from 2003.

Then just start reading, but keep a pencil or highlighter or digital voice recorder handy. The first thing you’ll find in the book is a short true story called “The Millwright Died.” It sets the tone for the rest of the book. Make sure you read it. Mark the page so you can get back to it.

Then read. Make notes. Take time to reflect. This is not a book about techniques or tricks or processes. It is about how a thoughtful and caring leader approaches his or her work. So, keep the book with you. Dip into it from time to time. Take time to reflect on what you learned and your insights.

One more thing. When you finish Leadership is an Art, go back to it frequently. Don’t make this mistake I did and put it back on the shelf for a decade or more.
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Reid McCormick
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art and jazz...
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
Upon the recommendation of a respected leader, I picked up two books from Max DePree, Leadership Jazz and Leadership is an Art. I decided to read Jazz first and I really enjoyed that book. It made me excited for Art. However, my expectations may have been a bit too... See more
Upon the recommendation of a respected leader, I picked up two books from Max DePree, Leadership Jazz and Leadership is an Art. I decided to read Jazz first and I really enjoyed that book. It made me excited for Art. However, my expectations may have been a bit too high.

Leadership is an Art is a fine book on leadership. The message is authentic and great, but in the end, the book was rather forgettable. Nothing stood out to me. Perhaps if I read this book first and Jazz second, I would be writing a more positive review.

So, in my opinion, I would tell someone to read Leadership Jazz over this book.
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Jan Dziekan
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Great ideas don’t age
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2021
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.” I’ve seen this passage cited somewhere and it compelled me to buy the book. Those two sentences remained the most powerful thought that resonated with me, but the rest of the... See more
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.”
I’ve seen this passage cited somewhere and it compelled me to buy the book. Those two sentences remained the most powerful thought that resonated with me, but the rest of the book is well worth perusing as well. It was refreshing to see how many ideas about servant leadership - nowadays often associated with the agile movement - were already present in public discourse almost four decades ago. Food for thought.
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Max Texas
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The Ideal Work Environment
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2014
I''ve re-titled the book "The Ideal Work Environment" and will explain that shortly. Leadership is an Art is a good book for leaders and employees. Like many work-related books, most of the topics in here aren''t completely new ideas you''ve never heard of... See more
I''ve re-titled the book "The Ideal Work Environment" and will explain that shortly.

Leadership is an Art is a good book for leaders and employees. Like many work-related books, most of the topics in here aren''t completely new ideas you''ve never heard of or thought. The concepts shared are certainly at the higher to idealistic level but I think readers will still see many ways they can "go in that direction" and still see real improvements in their work life. De Pree gives very clear examples and deconstructs the pieces of the company-manager-supervisor-employee relationship in a way that makes sense to me, in words I''ve not been able to find. In short, he shows us the ideal work environment from all perspectives.

Although the book may seem to be aimed at leaders, I think even job-seekers might find this book helpful in showing them what kind of work they should pursue and what kind of company they should eventually seek, even if they can''t start there. I believe there are certainly lessons I''ve learned from De Pree that I can use to fix some work issues.
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B. Latchw
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my second favorite book on leadership
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2020
this is an absolutely MUST read for all leaders; especially the chapter, "The Millwright Died" - revolutionized my view of what it means to be a leader; I read it years ago and regularly buy it for those I mentor
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andy2m
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As good as it gets.
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
A great way to lay the foundation for a career in leadership. All the critical things you need to know about serving the people you lead. Great book!
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C. Jensen
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" This book was given out at the end of a Great Teacher''s weekly seminar
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2017
I required this book for a community college course I taught "Healthcare Communication & Etiquette." This book was given out at the end of a Great Teacher''s weekly seminar. It is excellent. Several friends have read this book. Do yourself a favor and read it.... See more
I required this book for a community college course I taught "Healthcare Communication & Etiquette." This book was given out at the end of a Great Teacher''s weekly seminar. It is excellent. Several friends have read this book. Do yourself a favor and read it. Implement some of the ideas in your home and your business!
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Andrew Schonbek
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Leadership Is About Liberating People
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2005
On page one of Leadership Is an Art Max Depree writes, "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". This is a theme that runs throughout this very wise and in every way excellent... See more
On page one of Leadership Is an Art Max Depree writes, "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". This is a theme that runs throughout this very wise and in every way excellent work. The following quotes provide some of the flavor of Depree''s enlightened and inspiring thinking:

* 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.

* In addition to all of the ratios and goals and parameters and bottom lines, it is fundamental that leaders endorse a concept of persons. This begins with an understanding of the diversity of people''s gifts and talents and skills.

* Understanding and accepting diversity enables us to see that each of us is needed. It also enables us to begin to think about being abandoned to the strengths of others, of admitting that we cannot know or do everything.

* Leaders don''t inflict pain; they bear pain.

* First, as a Christian I believe that each person is made in the image of God. For those of us who have received the gift of leadership from the people we lead, this belief has enormous implications.

* Leaders owe people space, space in the sense of freedom. Freedom in the sense of enabling our gifts to be exercised.

* Participative management is not democratic. Having a say differs from having a vote.

* Interestingly, though in organizations like ours we need a lot of freedom, there is no room for license. Discipline is what it takes to do the job.

* One of the important things leaders need to learn is to recognize the signals of impending deterioration.

* Without forgiveness, there can be no real freedom to act...

Depree has given us an abiding philosophy of leadership. Actually operating in alignment with these principles demands a very high level of integrity - one that few leaders ever do attain. Those that do so unleash forces of transformation resulting in high performance high involvement organizations.

This book characterizes a commercial arena filled with vocational potential. I give it the highest recommendation.
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Just read it and use straight away !!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2015
This book is a masterpiece about leadership. I cannot stop reading that and using immediately. Thank you.
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Paul Menezes
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Average on the first read
Reviewed in Canada on January 12, 2016
From the start, Max DE Pree warned that it was best not to read this book to quickly. About 30 pages in and I just couldn''t wait to read it quickly to get it over with. This book is great for those aspiring leaders that take for granted the human aspect of business...See more
From the start, Max DE Pree warned that it was best not to read this book to quickly. About 30 pages in and I just couldn''t wait to read it quickly to get it over with. This book is great for those aspiring leaders that take for granted the human aspect of business relations. However for this, a book I read 10 years ago titled The Four Agreements did the job much more effectively. Not a bad book. Not great either. I did enjoy the chapter ''The Marks of Elegance'' as it detailed the importance of identifying the whole and not just the parts. I''m ready and excited to start this Peter Drucker collection
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Monika E. Schloder
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About the ''Art of Leadership''
Reviewed in Canada on January 11, 2021
Excellent book about leadership in more clear language. Usually, one get the definitions and diffrences of leadership and manage,ment... this book gets into art and craft of leadership.
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What is old is new again
Reviewed in Canada on November 28, 2018
Great perspective on leadership
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Reviewed in Canada on March 4, 2018
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