Leadership is an Art by Max De Pree – Book Review

by | June 10, 2009

I borrowed a great book from a friend of mine who read it as part of her Masters program.  Leadership is an Art by Max De Pree is a must read for anyone who aspires to a leadership role. The book is short and easy to read. The best part are the real gems that can be applied immediately.

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book:

  • The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.  The last responsibility is to say thank you. In between, a leader is a servant and a debtor
  • Peter Drucker said “Efficiency is doing the right thing. Effectiveness is doing the thing right” (interesting how this quote ties into what I have been saying about EA for a long time!)
  • Effectiveness comes about through enabling others to reach their potential
  • Encourage roving leadership
  • Leadership is the “Interception of entropy”

I highly recommend this book. It was so good that I read it twice before returning it to my friend, thanks Karin!

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