- Gebundene Ausgabe
- Verlag: Broadway Business (25. August 1989)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0385264968
- ISBN-13: 978-0385264969
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,9 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 15 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 606.979 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
LEADERSHIP IS AN ART (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 25. August 1989
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am 3. Mai 2000
This book is written from an angle no other leadership book takes: the human side to leadership. There is no talk of strategic thinking or efficiency. Instead, DePree artfully talks about how to make people feel needed in a corporation or how to empower people to be giants. DePree's voice is a healing one, writing about how the right type of work can give your life meaning and how leadership is nothing more than service. This book is definitely worth a look.
am 7. Februar 2000
While relatively small in size, this book speaks volumes on how the spirit of leadership should be. Yes, it is idealistic and the anecdotes are entertaining, but I believe it also proves useful to leaders striving to understand how to lead people in a way that benefits everyone. This book aspires to articulate that leaders must transform themselves, not the people around them. He challenges leaders to look beyond what they need, and instead focus on what they owe. DePree has a self-described Participative Management perspective and it is the continuous thread throughout the book. He focuses on how to create a collective culture within the organization which is ideally made up of employee-owners who are the epitome of his affirmation of identity within an organization - not to mention a competitive edge in the marketplace. These lofty aspirations can be actualized in the organizational world by incorporating the idea of "roving leadership" and use of organizational "giants" which are people within organizations who need to be sought out and let run free . . . through the act of roving leadership. In an attempt to define leadership, DePree lays the foundation upon which he feels successful leadership should be judged. His criteria for a leader are not based on a set of interchangeable personality characteristics, but instead a compilation of what a success leader does to fulfill his responsibilities and debts to both the organization and to the people he works for. DePree gives us three specific sentences which I think are not only insightful, but sums up the book's whole philosophy, "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." A rational environment is based on "trust and human dignity while providing the opportunity for personal development and self-fulfillment in the attainment of the organization's goals." For this environment to become obtainable, it is essential leaders and employees trust each other to be accountable for doing their jobs. If proper work ethics and accountability become evident, trust is built and leaders then feel confident giving the space and freedom we are owed as employees. DePree also has a lot to say about leaders being debtors. Leaders owe it to the organizations they work for and the people within it to share their assets to help people reach their inert potential. The leader's various responsibilities and debts are dependent upon the things the people in the organization need, from their leader, in order to become sufficiently accountable. Granted while leadership comes with debts to the future, DePree states a leader's day-to-day obligations are to uphold momentum levels within the organization. Momentum seems to be a buzz word for DePree and it takes on various personas within the organization. It is a feeling among employees that their lives and work are intermeshed and maneuvering toward a conspicuous and genuine goal. The trick to having momentum is to "begin with a competent leader, a management team strongly dedicated to aggressive managerial development, and opportunities." Cultivating vision throughout the organization is a vital part of this philosophy and can be achieved through momentum as well. Momentum has many other uses and is delineated. Overall, the scope of DePree's analysis seems to be ample. However, I feel the depth of discussions on each topic barely scrapes the surface. While maintaining a continuous theme of focusing on the individual's needs, I found some of the points to be slightly repetitive as opposed to constructively detailed. I do however, like DePree's suggestion of observing employees for tangible evidence of outstanding leadership. According to DePree, praiseworthy leadership manifests itself primarily as reached potential, as employees who learn while on the job, and as employees who achieve tasks - just to name a few. Since reading this book, I have formed the opinion that leadership is a spirit, not a list of innate characteristics you must be born with. With the right organizational culture and people to guide you, each of us has the potential to discover the leader within ourselves, even if that role only manifests itself in the form of a roving leader.
am 8. Februar 2000
As I was reading this book, I heard the author speaking to me and reading the words on the page. Unfortunatly, this author is not a good story teller. His sentences are short and undescriptive. Don't get me wrong, I understand that leadership is not the most exciting topic to write about; however, DePree didn't make it very exciting to read about either. DePree states in the introduction that, "the book is not filled with anecdotes." It is my experience that when a book does not include working examples of its main ideas,(other than examples within the company that the author works for) it becomes more of a textbook than an entertaining read. However, DePree seems to be a very intelligent man with many good insights into the aspects of leadership. In my personal opinion, the book is filled with intelligent thoughts about leadership, but could use a bit more "color."
am 7. Februar 2000
I thought that Leadership is an Art was an excellent book. It was concise and a very easy read. Through his example of the Herman Miller Co. DePree showed how an employer can, by sharing in potential and utilizing employee creativity, benefit the company as a whole. It is leadership that can help individuals reach their potential. DePree brought up and interesting type of leadership called roving leadership. These are the leaders that are there when we need them. This book reminds us that as a leader, it is important to be an enabler of others. After all, if those you lead are not successful and do not reach their potential, you as a leader are not successful either. Read this book and you will seriously consider sending your resume to the Herman Miller Co.
am 18. Oktober 1999
As a college student about to enter the working world, I felt DePree wrote a good book for a starter. There are many questions about the complexity of the subject of leadership I find important which he did not address. The basics that he did cover, on the other hand, satisfied me.
am 7. Februar 2000
Although this was a good read, and had a lot of great information, I think that it just skimmed the surface. This would be a good book for the beginner in management or leadership, but if you have already read anything on the subject this would mainly serve as only an affirmation to what you have already heard. DePree gives a lot of great testimonies to back up his information, and that helps make this an enjoyable read.
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