Max De Pree, Leadership Is An Art

Among all the books on leadership, this one stands tall for me as a classic. This is a wise, practical, and articulate guide from my mentor and friend Max De Pree. I have read and reread this great little book so many times. In my leadership roles, I could quote from it on the fly. I recently wrote to Max to tell him that everything I know about leadership I learned from this little book (almost at least). This is a gem. It is quiet and understated and penetrating. There is a philosophy here, worked out over a long period of time as a leader, grounded by his quiet Christian faith. It’s driving principle is that people matter. It’s other guiding principle is that ideas matter. Shaping one’s leadership around those two principles is the challenge and the art of every leader.