The Connective Edge: Leading in an Interdependent World

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When arch-rivals IBM and Apple forged an unprecedented partnership to build and distribute a computer operating system for worldwide use, these two industrial giants stepped into the Connective Era. In this new environment where alliances shift and re-form at a sometimes alarming rate, organizations are undergoing a fundamental change that demands a new approach to leadership. The Connective Edge defines that approach with a bold new model for connective leaders in politics and government, business and industry, ...
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Overview

When arch-rivals IBM and Apple forged an unprecedented partnership to build and distribute a computer operating system for worldwide use, these two industrial giants stepped into the Connective Era. In this new environment where alliances shift and re-form at a sometimes alarming rate, organizations are undergoing a fundamental change that demands a new approach to leadership. The Connective Edge defines that approach with a bold new model for connective leaders in politics and government, business and industry, education and religion. It shows them how to move beyond competition to balance the two antithetical forces that will define our future success: interdependence and diversity. Jean Lipman-Blumen, a world-renowned consultant, organizational sociologist, and feminist scholar, explores the future of leadership with examples from Wall Street to the Warsaw Pact, from Gorbachev to Gandhi. Based on extensive research analyzing the leadership styles of more than 5,000 leaders and managers worldwide, Lipman-Blumen has developed an innovative nine-part strategy for flourishing under the demands of interorganizational relationships, joint ventures, and partnerships. With interviews and historical overviews, The Connective Edge offers an insightful examination of the psychological factors of effective leadership. It illustrates a sophisticated new style of leadership already being demonstrated by political and business leaders like South Africa's Nelson Mandela and Marcy Carsey, cochairman/executive producer of The Carsey-Werner Company. Connective leadership is also demonstrated by corporate managers forming small creative teams within giant conglomerates like Disney/ABC, and by world leaders faced with the challenge of violent identity battles such as the one in Bosnia. For leaders in every arena, this invaluable resource offers the skills and information needed to move our organizations, our nations, and ourselves into the emerging era with stellar results.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lipman-Blumen posits that organizations wanting to succeed in a world that is becoming more interdependent and more diverse simultaneously require a new leadership model. The book's three parts examine the origin and evolution of the human need for leadership, detail what is described as the Connective Leadership Model and explore the empirical organizational results and philosophical implications of this new model. Rightfully disdaining simplistic solutions, the author presents a complex design for the new leadership idealone that forms short-term coalitions to solve immediate problems (for example, George Bush and his Gulf War Alliance) and moves rapidly and adjusts easily to changing circumstances while taking a long-term perspective. The Connective Leadership Model combines "instrumentalism" with authenticity and accountability. Lipman-Blumen defines instrumentalism as a way of using both self and others to accomplish goals that are ethically good for the entire communitya kind of denatured Machiavellianism. The author argues powerfully for the necessity of a new type of leadership, but her model is at times fuzzy and difficult to grasp. Nor is it at all certain that when new-style leaders appear, their strengths will be appreciated and their guidance heeded. Gorbachev, praised by the author for his connective style, hardly shines as a successful role model. Lipman-Blumen serves as codirector of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Leadership at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center in Claremont, Calif. (July)
Library Journal
Yet another book on leadership? asks the author in her preface, and readers may still be asking that question after finishing this book. Relying on her extensive use of original leadership-analysis instruments with thousands of executives, Lipman-Blumen (Gender Roles and Power, 1984) approaches leadership in terms of connecting seemingly contradictory macro-level tensions, all the while honoring diversity. She offers an interesting discussion of the meaning of leadership in America, the stages of leadership development that led to this connective concept, and examples of known leaders from political, business, and social milieus. The bulk of the work explains nine styles of connective leadership, based on thousands of responses to assessment scales (not provided here). Thus, readers will have to contact the author directly to use those assessment tools. While intriguing, and a nice supplement to the theoretical concepts of Margaret Wheatley's Leadership and the New Science (LJ 8/92), this work sits in the shadow of Peter Block's Stewardship (LJ 6/15/93). Consider only on demand.Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
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Examines the psychological factors and the new approach to leadership necessitated by the shifting and reforming of organizational alliances. Lipman-Blumen, a consultant, organizational sociologist, and feminist scholar, explores the future of leadership with examples from Wall Street to the Warsaw Pact, from Gorbachev to Gandhi. She draws on research analyzing the leadership styles of some 5,000 leaders and managers worldwide. Arrangement is in three sections focusing on the changing dynamics of leadership, the connective leadership model, and the future. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787902438
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/16/1996
  • Series: Business and Management Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 401
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: The Changing Dynamics of Leadership
1. New World, New Leadership: A Fundamental Shift
2. Why Are We So Hooked on Leaders Anyway? The Psychological and Existential Foundations of Leadership
3. American Leadership: Understanding Our National Addiction to Individualism, Cooperation, and Authoritarianism
4. A New Era: Intimations of New Leadership
Part Two: The Connective Leadership Model
5. Mapping Leadership Styles: Direct, Relational and Instrumental
6. The Direct Routes to Success: The Intrinsic, Competitive, and Power Styles
7. The Relational Path to Leadership: The Collaborative, Contributory, and Vicarious Styles
8. The Instrumental Road Less Travelled: The Personal, Social, and Entrusting Styles
9. Connective Leadershiup: More than the Sum of its Parts
Part Three: Bridging to the Stage 3 World
10. The Collective Organization: Matching Leadership and Organizational Styles
11. Women Leaders: An Oxymoron? Or Does GAnder Make a Difference?
12. Connective Leadership and the Serious Issues: Life, Death, and the Search for Meaning
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