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Leadership Jazz: The Essential Elements of a Great Leader

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  305 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Leadership in the workplace, says Max DePree, is like playing jazz; it's more an art than a science. Today's successful managers are attuned to the needs and ideas of their followers and even step aside at times to be followers themselves. As a result, they spark vitality and productivity from their work force. They culivate communication and spontaneity, diversity and ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 5th 1993 by Dell (first published 1992)
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May 16, 2012 Ensiform rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, work
Another book on leadership by the Herman Miller CEO, written in the same easy-going, musing, philosophical style – a world apart from Jim Collins’, though they’re writing (ostensibly) about the same thing: the qualities of good leadership. The title comes from De Pree’s suggestion that a good leader is like a jazz band leader rather than a conductor: everyone’s playing the same thing, but there’s room for individual solos and improvisations along the way.

This book is, I think, even more lacking
Nikos Platis
A lot of things about leadership and the "people" arround the leaders.
May 24, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: previous-years
This was one of my favorite books from business school in college, perhaps because it was one of the first I read and I had to give a presentation on it. It really challenged my thinking on what it would take to succeed in the corporate world. Max is also a Christian (not necessarily stated in this book, I just know from other sources) so his ideas reflect more of a "servant leadership" perspective.

Later, I grew to love Herman Miller (both their design and their blog on management/leadership/cor
Derek Emerson
Oct 28, 2008 Derek Emerson rated it it was ok
Coming from the liberal arts school DePree mentions (Hope College) and living in the area of Herman Miller, this is a book I have heard off for a long time. I like Leadership as an Art much more. This one seemed to keep trying to build on what he had already said before, so much of it turned out to be repetitive or obvious. But it is an easy read and I do like hearing about leaders caring about people instead of processes (see my "90 Days" review). I also like that he does not hide his Christian ...more
Sarah Casbeer
This leadership book may not change your life, but it has some beautiful and redeeming ideas on leadership that may inspire you to think of how leadership could be.

As a woman, I was completely unnerved to get through the entire book and realize the author only used the feminine pronoun in referring to leaders! It was the first time I felt completely addressed as a woman reading a leadership book without a special chapter about feminine leadership, an introduction qualifying his consistent use o
Feb 20, 2010 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
While it might be fun to read this book on the airplane, or in some other location full of mind-numbing tedium, the book, in general has little to offer besides entertainment value. It is a collection of fortune-cookie drivel for a reader pretending to examine the intricacies of leadership
Mar 10, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books-read
I enjoy this book a great deal and get more out it each time I read it. Max DePree centers on relationship and service as key elements of a leadership. I would recommend to anyone in a leadership role.
Scott Hayden
Jul 05, 2011 Scott Hayden rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
A book to think on. My take away that I remember most often: Leaders need to abandon themselves to the strengths of other.
Feb 02, 2008 Tommy marked it as read_me_piles
I like leadership, I like jazz. Never thought of the two together. This could be wonderful or a complete disaster.
Mar 06, 2016 MaryAnn rated it liked it
Shelves: improv
I wanted more with the Jazz metaphor (which is why I read it) but it's a solid and frequently wise book about leadership.
Jun 30, 2016 Steve rated it did not like it
I was disappointed because there could really be a connection between leadership and jazz and it wasn't evident in this book. Guess I'll have to write my own book!
Jun 24, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Lots of great things to think about for those in leadership positions or even those without the title.
Apr 03, 2011 Starla rated it it was ok
This book is not as good as Leadership is an Art. DePree still offeres excellent tips and insight into what it means to be a good leader/mentor. It's just not as rich as a few of his other books.
Carole Syse
Jul 09, 2009 Carole Syse rated it really liked it
This was one of the books I was given when I started at Herman Miller. Love it. Portrays true leadership in a fantastically positive light.
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Disappointing. Too much waffle and not enough substance.
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Aug 28, 2013 Sara Batchelder rated it really liked it
Great, great book. Let's see if I can get my bosses to read it. ;)
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Max DePree is an American writer. A son of D.J. DePree, founder of Herman Miller office furniture company, he and his brother Hugh DePree assumed leadership of the company the early 1960s. He succeeded his brother Hugh as CEO in the mid-1980s and served in that capacity to 1990. His book Leadership is an Art has sold more than 800,000 copies. In 1992, DePree was inducted into Junior Achievement's ...more
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