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Leadership Jazz: The Essential Elements of a Great Leader [Kindle Edition]

Max Depree
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 creativity, and the unique potential of every person in the organization to contribute to the success of the team. In Leadership Jazz you'll learn

-How to hold people accountable but still give them space to make mistakes.

- How to balance the needs of your employees with those of the company.

- How to inspire change and innovation and maintain a sense of stability.

- How to practice the art of delegation.

- How to work constructively with creative people.

- How to assess candidates for senior positions.

- And much more!


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Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

William Blake said "Great things are done, when men and mountains meet," and this certainly holds true for De Pree's latest "mountain-top" musings on leadership. Following his earlier principle-based treatise ( Leadership Is an Art, Doubleday, 1989; selected as one of the "Business Books of 1989," LJ 3/15/90) he now razor-cuts right to the heart and soul of this most critical issue of our time. De Pree likens business leadership to the beautiful art of leading a jazz ensemble. He proves well the adage: leadership may be difficult to define, and especially to exemplify, but you'll know it when you see it. Mere task-oriented managers may be so frustrated by his limitless, penetrating insight that they just might prefer trying to nail jello to a tree. This is recommended for all business collections. --Dale Farris, Groves, Tex .
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

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 creativity, and the unique potential of every person in the organization to contribute to the success of the team. In Leadership Jazz you'll learn

-How to hold people accountable but still give them space to make mistakes.

- How to balance the needs of your employees with those of the company.

- How to inspire change and innovation and maintain a sense of stability.

- How to practice the art of delegation.

- How to work constructively with creative people.

- How to assess candidates for senior positions.

- And much more!


Product Details

  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00329UW1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior book by Max DePree February 7, 2000
Format:Paperback
In Max Depree's book, Leadership Jazz, the importance of both the leader and the "follower" are explored in great detail. DePree chooses to not only relay what a leader must be in order for an organization to be a success, but he also focuses on what type of employees must be present for a company to achieve a goal. This book goes beyond the normal management book that dictates how to lead with rules and procedures and delves into the communication and respect that must be present at all levels at all times. It is an excellent guide for what should be contemplated, considered, and carried out in a thriving, team-based operation. This book is one that individuals should definitely consider reading if they are looking for this type of material.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Undeveloped Metaphor August 28, 2006
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Jazz is the right metaphor for business today.

I have long thought that the popular metaphor for business leadership of an orchestra conductor is wrong in the rapidly changing conditions of today. To say that a CEO's job is like an orchestra conductor's -- to keep every one at the same place on the same page -- assumes there is a score that all of the musicians have to follow. There isn't.

Jazz demands improvisation. It gives individual musicians the freedom to create and to respond to each others creations. Max De Pree recognizes this and states this metaphor accurately at the beginning of his book.

"We have much to learn from jazz-band leaders, for jazz, like leadership, combines the unpredicability of the future with the gifts of individuals." (page 9)

But, De Pree doesn't develop this metaphor further. The title of the book, "Leadership Jazz", implies more than the book delivers in development of the metaphor.

The book does deliver very good advice on leadership. It is an excellent description of the power of "servant leadership" which is the real metaphor of the book, and, judging from the many stories De Pree relates from his years as the CEO and Chairman of Herman Miller, Inc., it is the metaphor for his life. Leaders do need to read this book.

I just wish De Pree had developed the richness of the jazz metaphor.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership Jazz: Moral Leadership November 29, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In the book "Leadership Jazz" by Max Du Pree he mentions the following statement "...one way to think about leadership is to consider a jazz band. Jazz-band leaders must choose the music, find the right musicians, and perform-in public. But the effect of the performance depends on so many things- the environment, the volunteers in the band, the need to everybody to perform as individuals and as a group, the absolute dependence of the leader on the members of the band, the need of the leader for the followers to play well." Du Pree, with this approach, starts to tell us his confession about leadership. In opposite from "The Leadership Challenge" by Kouzes & Posner that uses a scientific approach, "Leadership Jazz" uses personal experiences to define leadership. Moreover, Du Pree drives us into a profound essence of to be a leader.
In order to emphasize the importance of the word leadership, Du Pree uses certain terms or ideas that can be learned in to be an effective leader. At first,
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leadership Jazz January 25, 2000
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Leadership Jazz" because of its easy reading style that enables the reader an ability to relate certain underlying principles with actual experiences. As for the principles presented, I am impressed because the focus is on solid leadership qualities that are genuine, opposed to appearances. As one who has managed people for 20 years, it is a practical and valuable resource. I did, however, bristle each time I read "she" rather than "he", but was able to accept this without too much difficulty. I have purchased a copy of the book for all department heads, and each of my children.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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In this very excellent book Max Depree expands on the philosophy of leadership introduced in Leadership Is An Art. In so doing he likens the organization to a jazz ensemble. "Jazz-band leaders must choose the music, find the right musicians, and perform - in public. But the effect of the performance depends on so many things - the environment, the volunteers playing in the band, the need for everybody to perform as individuals and as a group, the absolute dependence of the leader on the members of the band, the need of the leader for the followers to play well". Here are some of the riffs and chords that most resonated in me...

* One examines leadership beginning not with techniques but rather with premises, not with tools but with beliefs, and not with systems but with understandings.

* We have much to learn from jazz-band leaders, for jazz, like leadership, combines the unpredictability of the future with the gifts of individuals.

* There is a great misconception in organizations: that a manger must be either in control or not in control.

* Knowing what not to do is fully as important as knowing what to do.

* Leaders are accountable for the continuous renewal of the organization.

* Betrayal is closely linked to the idea of entropy, the tendency of everything to deteriorate. Both have a way of sneaking up on us. Both hover constantly over organizations waiting for the slightest slackening of our vigilance.

* From a leader's perspective, the most serious betrayal has to do with thwarting human potential, with quenching the spirit, with failing to deal equitably with each other as human beings.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A goody goody book.
A goody goody book. His advice cannot be taken in today's cut throat world.
Published 7 months ago by Richard B. Rosecky
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book is an easy read and is filled with fascinating and insightful information that will have you reading it very slowly so you don't miss anything.
Published 15 months ago by KMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Leadership Jazz
I like the book, it has been a bit slow for me to get into. However it has great points.
Published 21 months ago by Tee King
4.0 out of 5 stars Leadership and the art of leading a band!
The biggest compliant a person can give is if they will listen to the CD again and I will definitely do that. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights on leadership/follower dynamics and authenticity
Many years ago, a colleague of mine recommended this book to me (thanks, Betsy!); and to this day, 16 years later, it still has an impact. Read more
Published on August 5, 2009 by Kenneth Calhoun
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
I received the product I ordered within a few days. Excellent service, the product was priced just right and I would recommend family and friends use this site to purchase... Read more
Published on November 23, 2008 by Bernadine Myrick
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is About the True Spirit of Leadership
If you really wish to understand the true "spirit" of leadership, this is a simple, from-the-heart book that will lift your commitment to those you serve, so you can lift their... Read more
Published on August 3, 2008 by Darby V. Checketts
2.0 out of 5 stars Leadership Vapor ...
I received a copy of this book from upper management as part of an offsite planning retreat. Reading it later, it struck me that "there is no there there. Read more
Published on March 30, 2008 by Kevin Quinley
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
I had to read this book in graduate school. As I read it - all I could think was 'how much did the publisher pay my school to make me buy this book? Read more
Published on July 1, 2007 by D. Fowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Servant-leadership
DePree's book falls into the popular genre of a practical leadership primer. In poetic terms, he surveys many of the important attributes related to becoming an effective leader,... Read more
Published on August 13, 2006 by Richard W. Cummins
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