Leadership Is An Art

by Max Depree. Doubleday, 2004.

'Leadership is an Art' gives each reader both a finely crafted profile of a servant leader and the inspiration to become that person. In author Max DePree’s words, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.” The book expands and models this description. The servant leader’s focus should be on covenant making that removes the barriers to people becoming the best they can be. In addition, leaders must foster a genuine intimacy that makes people feel safe enough to confront change and handle conflict. Leaders must also become engaging “tribal storytellers” to unleash the power of the organization’s values in transforming individual identities into communal members. Accessible to a wide audience, this slim volume will enlighten and energize leaders—be they established or prospective, lay or ordained.