Inspirational Quotes

  Max DePree quotes

Max De Pree (1924 − 2017) in an American businessman and writer

 

 

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.


The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can be.

 

 

 

 

We can teach ourselves to see things the way they are. Only with vision can we begin to see things the way they can be.


Sometimes we think we're a little too gifted to show up, you know. But none of us truly is... By avoiding risk we really risk what's most important in life  −  reaching toward growth, our potential, and a true contribution to a common good.

 

 

 

 

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.


Leadership is liberating people to do what is required of them in the most effective and humane way possible.


Leaders don't inflict pain − they share pain.


Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice.

 

 

 

 

The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?

 

 

 

 

Innovation is the lifeblood of an organization. Knowing how to lead and work with creative people requires knowledge and action that often goes against the typical organizational structure. Protect unusual people from bureaucracy and legalism typical of organizations.

 

 

 

 

In some South Pacific cultures, a speaker holds a conch shell as a symbol of temporary position of authority. Leaders must understand who holds the conch that is, who should be listened to and when.