Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World

Paperback | March 15, 2000

byJean Lipman-Blumen

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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 stilllive 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 ina 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 enterprisesto 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 strategy that demonstrates how to move beyond competition towards an "ethical instrumentalism" thatemploys the talents of others to achieve strategic goals. Thoroughly researched and accessibly written, this book--originally published under the title The Connective Edge--provides the skills and information needed to move organizations, nations, and people into the emerging era with stellarresults.

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 Based on research into the leadership styles of thousands of individuals worldwide, author Jean Lipman-Blumen proposes a compelling and accessible theory for effective leadership in a world where the rising new global economy and nationalism do not always mesh. Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World calls for an ethical i...

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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 stilllive in an autonomous world of diverse nations...

Jean Lipman-Blumen is at Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center in Claremont, California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 5.2 × 7.91 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195134698

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 Based on research into the leadership styles of thousands of individuals worldwide, author Jean Lipman-Blumen proposes a compelling and accessible theory for effective leadership in a world where the rising new global economy and nationalism do not always mesh. Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World calls for an ethical integration of these two worlds via a system that promotes highly communicative networks of individuals working as groups. Lipman-Bluman’s other books include, Hot Groups and The Connective Edge.

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"This is the kind of book that will be required reading in some business schools and many management and psychology departments. It should also be read by business process re-engineering practitioners who are searching for a deeper understanding of re-engineering's most critical successfactorexecutive leadership."-- Enterprise Re-engineering