Leadership Is an Art

Narrated by: Joseph Campanella
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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Learn the leadership skills to build a better, more profitable business with the help of Max DePree. CEO of Herman Miller, Inc. - a firm which ranks high in Fortune magazine's surveys of the most admired, best managed companies, and one of the best companies to work for in America - DePree expounds on an innovative style of business leadership for the 1990s. He emphasizes a humanistic approach, which is responsible for the remarkable success of Herman Miller, Inc. and other respected American companies.

© Max DePree; (P) Dove Audio, Inc.
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Inspirational

An extremely inspirational piece of literature that defines the reality of leadership. Not a how-to book; much more open ended. This book paints with words a reality that takes years and years to grasp. It is an open door to a landscape to explore and discover. Highly recommended.

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Beautyfull insights on leadership

I must have listened to this book at least 10 times. Max DePree shows some beautyfull insights on the subject of leadership. He states in the beginning of the book that " this book is not a how to book, but more a why to book ". I higly recommend this book :-)

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An Audio PowerPoint

According to the summary, you will "Learn the leadership skills to build a better, more profitable business."

This book has precious little skill-building. It is more like an audio PowerPoint presentation: a series of bullet points presented with little explanation of how to integrate them into leadership behaviors. The bullet points may have been useful in a printed book, as one could then take time to meditate upon a few at a time. As an audiobook it doesn't work.

On top of that the audio quality is very poor, making the book more annoying than useful.

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The Almost Bible of Corporate Leadership

I have a problem with someone placing a book at the level of the Bible but came close. Short, to the point, well thought out, makes sense and can be applied.

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Meh

Pretty basic. There were a few take home points here but not many. May be a good book for a beginner but not what I expected from it.

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Great Thoughts About Leadership.

The short listen it is packed with many great ideas about how real leaders act.

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enjoyed this book.

although this won't likely help me that much in a tech company -- the ideas about communication and ownership seem valid.

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excellent book written by a excellent leader

There are lots of nuggets in this book that a person can take away, be it how lead or how to personally grow.

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Important Message!

Important message! It's just that other people tell it better, like Conscious CapItalism, Dan Pink, and Simon Sinek.

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Wonderful read.

I enjoyed reading this book and reflecting on what I can work on to be a more effective leader and how I can be open to the gifts of others.