I recently revisited on of my all time favorite leadership books:

Leadership Is An Art

-Max DePree

To understand that your role as a leader is to advance other people in life is the highest possible level of leadership maturity.  For DePree, the corporate mission is a secondary gain, it just happens naturally when  care for people is expressed in measurable ways.  I am going to keep this blog simple, I just want to highlight some key concepts that I have gleaned from this fantastic little book:

  • To understand and accept diversity enables us to fully embrace others as vital and necessary to the corporate success.  Every piece of the puzzle is necessary if there is to be a complete picture.
  • Further, this acceptance of diversity allows us to become “abandoned to the strengths of others” which is a central theme found throughout this book.  True leadership recognizes and embraces other people’s gifts and serves to make those gifts more polished and liberated.
  • “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.”  What we can do is nothing more than an outgrowth of who we are.
  • Participative management is vital to any healthy organization.  To have a say in the process is not the same as having a vote; it is better!  I would rather work as a part of an outstanding group than in a group of outstanding individuals.
  • In a corporate environment, covenants are better than contracts.  They are stronger and more enduring.
  • Workers in an organization have a right to be needed; the right be involved; the right to a covenantal relationship;  the right to understand; the right to affect one’s own destiny; the right to be accountable; the right to appeal; and finally the right to make a commitment.  These rights form the ground rules for working in an effective, life-giving organization.


So, what do you think?

Jon Spellman

Jon Spellman

Jon and his family reside in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. In 2009, Jon completed work at King’s Seminary (Van Nuys, CA) with a Masters degree in Practical Theology and is presently engaged in Doctoral studies in Leadership and Global Perspectives at George Fox University. As an ordained minister of the Foursquare Gospel, Jon has 24 years of pastoral ministry with nearly 20 of those years spent serving as Senior pastor or Co-Senior pastor. Read more about Jon Spellman

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