An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

The Leadership Challenge: Harnessing Diversity and Connectivity

Presenter: Jean Lipman-Blumen

Date: 25 June 2014


In the 21st century, dramatically changing global conditions pose an increasingly complex leadership challenge. To be effective, current leaders must contend with two pervasive, but contradictory, forces – diversity and connectivity.

Harnessing these antithetical currents, one driving collaboration, alliances, networks, and teams; the other fomenting independent action and “doing your own thing” – calls for new leadership strategies. Using outdated, authoritarian “command and control” leadership strategies simply won’t work.

The focus of this webinar will be a dynamic leadership paradigm – Connective Leadership. This powerful, measurable, and teachable model enables leaders and their supporters to identify those often imperceptible areas of common purpose obscured by more obvious deep disagreements.

Using a broad repertoire of behaviors to achieve their goals, connective leaders offer intriguing possibilities. They connect their own and others’ visions and goals. They construct networks, alliances, and global partners, so sorely needed in a world stressed by distrust, dislike, and destruction. Using “de-natured Machiavellianism,” connective leaders identify noble enterprises for their supporters, relying upon their own and others’ integrity and vision, to fashion solutions to the thorniest problems facing a diverse and interdependent world.

Speaker Information

Jean Lipman-Blumen

Jean Lipman-Blumen is the Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. She previously served as an assistant director of the National Institute of Education (NIE) and as special advisor to the Domestic Policy Staff in the White House under President Jimmy Carter. She is the co-founder, with the late Professor Harold J. Leavitt, and director of the Connective Leadership Institute, a research, management, and consulting firm, in Pasadena, CA.

Lipman-Blumen has published eight books, three monographs, and more than 200 articles on leadership, crisis management, public policy, organizational behavior, and gender issues. Her book, The Connective Edge: Leading in an Interdependent World, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

She holds an A.B. and an A.M. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She completed post-doctoral work at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. She also holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of La Verne.

In 2010, she received the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.