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Connective Leadership : Managing in a Changing World
Jean Lipman-Blumen

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Format: Paperback, 432pp.
ISBN: 9780195134698
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: (1996) April 2000

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Business today is framed by two global tensions. On the one hand, the age of the Internet has ushered in an unprecedented interdependence. People from far-flung reaches of the globe now find themselves in close contact, and collaboration is the order of the day. On the other hand, we still live in an autonomous world of diverse nations and unique individuals, and the businesses and organizations that we have created to represent us are equally unique. In this conflicting environment, a special approach to leadership is called for, one that tames these two forces and integrates them in a political but ethical way. The Connective Leadership model defines that approach, emphasizing various modes of working with and through other people instead of bowing to authoritarianism. This includes creating short-term coalitions instead of long-term alliances and forming ennobling enterprises to which people want to commit themselves. Based on extensive research analyzing the leadership styles of more than 5,000 leaders and managers world-wide, Lipman-Blumen has developed an innovative nine-part strategy for flourishing despite the demands of inter- and intraorganizational relationships.

Connective Leadership begins by examining the origins and evolution of the human need for leadership. It then presents a detailed explanation of the Connective Leadership Model, showing leaders how to move beyond competition towards an ethical instrumentalism that employs the talents of others to achieve strategic goals. And in a final section, it explores the empirical organizational results and the philosophical implications of that model. Thoroughly researched and accessibly written, this book provides the skills and information needed to move organizations, nations, and people into the emerging era with stellar results.


[Lippman-Blumen's] book will clearly be one of the most seminal and exciting books about this elusive and important factor for some time to come. Quite simply the book is a masterpiece.
—Warren Bennis


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• "Leaders who can work effectively with others—that is, multiple networks of leaders—know the algorithm for developing community. Achieving community goals requires leaders who can avoid tripping over their egos, who can resist the urge to become the leader of all leaders. An interdependent environment calls for leaders who can relate as peers to other leaders in other institutions worldwide. In the Connective Era, leaders cannot just issue orders; instead, they have to join forces, persuade, and negotiate to resolve conflicts. " Pg. 20

About the Author

Jean Lipman-Blumen is Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior and Co-director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Leadership at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in California. She is co-author of Hot Groups: Seeding Them, Feeding Them, and Using Them to Ignite Your Organization, which was named Best New Book in Business and Management for 1999 by the Professional; and Scholarly Division of the Association of Ammerican Publishers.

Table of Contents
Part One: The Changing Dynamics of Leadership
1New World, New Leadership: A Fundamental Shift3
2Why Are We So Hooked on Leaders Anyway? The Psychological and Existential Foundations of Leadership28
3American Leadership: Understanding Our National Addiction to Individualism, Cooperation, and Authoritarianism46
Part Two: The Connective Leadership Model
5Mapping Leadership Styles: Direct, Relational, and Instrumental113
6The Direct Routes to Success: The Intrinsic, Competitive, and Power Styles141
7The Relational Path to Leadership: The Collaborative, Contributory, and Vicarious Styles165
8The Instrumental Road Less Traveled: The Personal, Social, and Entrusting Styles193
9Connective Leadership: More than the Sum of Its Parts226
Part Three: Bridging to the Stage 3 World
10The Connective Organization: Matching Leadership and Organizational Styles257
11Women Leaders: An Oxymoron? Or Does Gender Make a Difference?286
12Connective Leadership and the Serious Issues: Life, Death, and the Search for Meaning325
Name Index379
Subject Index385

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