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Leadership Jazz by Max DePree
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it was amazing
bookshelves: followership

I'll highlight the weakest point of this book first: the 'jazz' image presented in the title isn't developed as an overarching theme or image of leadership. DePree occasionally references some aspect of jazz music and musicians, but overall, it's hardly a unifying principle for the book's content.

But that's really the only negative I found.

As an author on the topic of followership, I truly appreciate the excellent way that DePree acknowledges and values the role of follower and also the emphasizes the importance of the leader-follower relationship.

The chapters are short and readable. He often includes lists of various suggestions or characteristics; some of these are developed well, and others less-so, but they serve to give you an idea of his perspective and stimulate further thinking.

His experience at Herman Miller (furniture manufacturer) was an excellent forum for him to learn and practice leadership, I appreciated the regularly glimpses into how his principles were displayed in their organizational culture and operation. DePree comes across, not as an ivory tower know-it-all, but as a humble practitioner who sought to create the best environment he could for his employees and customers.

I easily recommend this book to leaders and followers alike.

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Reading Progress

June 27, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
June 27, 2016 – Shelved
April 21, 2017 – Started Reading
April 21, 2017 –
page 33
April 25, 2017 –
page 93
April 26, 2017 –
page 109
April 28, 2017 –
page 125
May 4, 2017 –
page 167
May 5, 2017 –
page 185
May 9, 2017 – Shelved as: followership
May 9, 2017 – Finished Reading

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