Max Depree is an American business leader and writer. His
Leadership is an Art has sold more than 800,000 copies.
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
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last
is to say thank you. In between,
leader is a servant.
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?
Innovation is the lifeblood of an
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.