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SIDEBAR: The Wisdom of Chairman Max

In "Leadership Is An Art" (Dell, 1989) and "Leadership Jazz" (Dell, 1992), Max De Pree looks at leadership not as a science or discipline but as a creative art. Here is a sampling:

Leadership is an art, something to be learned over time, not simply by reading books. Leadership is more tribal than scientific, more a weaving of relationships than an amassing of information. (LA, p.3)

Instinctively, most of us follow a leader who has real vision and who can transform that vision into a meaningful and hopeful strategy. (LJ, p.40)

The tenders of vision are often lonely, usually unpopular, and frequently demand that others change. People with a vision inject ambiguity and risk and uncertainty into our lives, (LJ, p.40)

As a Christian I believe 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. (LA, p.63)

Fragility is part of a vision's nature. People who think they have created an indestructible ...

From Issue:Summer 1994: Vision
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