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Connective Leadership - Basics

In Jean Lipman-Blumen's Connective Leadership and Achieving Styles theory, there are three sets of styles, each of which consists of three styles:

  • Direct style set: Own resources are used in order to achieve goals. Styles: Intrinsic, competitive, power.
  • Relational style set: Networks are used in order to gain success out of other people's goal achievement. Styles: Collaborative, contributory, vicarious.
  • Instrumental style set: Other people are used in order to achieve goals. Styles: Personal, social, entrusting.

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When leaders find themselves in situations of great pressure in environments and contexts that require certain Achieving Styles, their actions might be bound to fail.

The good news is: Each of these styles can be actively learned and is not a matter of talent or similar.

In order to learn Connective Leadership as required by today's economy, leaders have to further develop and expand their own Achieving Styles profile, so that they can become Connective Leaders. These are persons who can play all the notes on the Achieving Styles piano and know which combination of styles best suits a given situation.

See page Consulting and Training for more information on how to apply the Connective Leadership theory in real life.