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Max Depree

Max Depree is an American business leader and writer. His book Leadership is an Art has sold more than 800,000 copies.

 

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Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice.

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.

Max Depree leadership quotes: The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?

 

 

Leadership is liberating people to do what is required of them in the most effective and humane way possible.

Leaders don't inflict pain −̶ they share pain.

The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?

Innovation is the lifeblood of an organization. Knowing how to lead and work with creative people requires knowledge and action that often goes against the typical organizational structure. Protect unusual people from bureaucracy and legalism typical of organizations.

To lead creative people, set the example for how to live with eccentricity.

In some South Pacific cultures, a speaker holds a conch shell as a symbol of temporary position of authority. Leaders must understand who holds the conch that is, who should be listened to and when.