Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Max DePree not only built Herman Miller into a world wide home and office furniture company, but also wrote the most definitive leadership book of the 20th Century: “Leadership is an art.” He vastly impacted my study of servant leadership, transformational leadership and authentic leadership. My interest in his theories of leadership began when he signed my MDiv diploma from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1977 (he has chairman of Fuller’s board). Here is a brief overview from Fuller regarding his graduation to glory.
News release by Fuller Theological Seminary, 8/8/17.
… In his four popular leadership books—Leadership Is an Art, Leadership Jazz, Leading Without Power, and Called to Serve—Max, in a gentle storytelling style, shared his vast knowledge and wisdom about leadership and management, always emphasizing putting people first. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality,” he famously stated in Leadership Is an Art. “The second is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.”