A friend of mine mailed me a copy of “Leadership is an Art”, by Max De Pree. It is a short read but very inspirational and informative. I got through the first couple chapters and I feel compelled to list some of the points I find important. This list is only from the first couple chapters. As I read on I will try to share more with you.
Leaders owe a clear statement of the values of the organization
They need to identify, develop and nurture future leaders
Create a leadership environment
Leaders are obligated to provide and maintain momentum
Momentum comes from a clear vision of what the corporation ought to be, from a well-thought-out strategy to achieve that vision, and from carefully conceived and communicated directions and plans that enable everyone to participate and be publicly accountable in achieving those plans.
Participative Management – it begins with a belief in the potential of people
Understand that what we believe precedes policy and practice
Understand the respective role of relationship of contractual agreements and covenants
Understand that relationships count more than structure
Leaders must arrange for involvement on everybody’s part