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Connective Leadership

“No one model explaining human behavior should be perceived as ‘the answer’. Rather, it is the collective knowledge about different aspects of the self and how these aspects interact that should be the focus of one's self exploration.”

Jean Lipman-Blumen

Since 1984, US professor Jean Lipman-Blumen has been developing her theory on Connective Leadership and the nine Achieving Styles connected to it (basics).


There are many models about human behavior, something Lipman-Blumen herself admits. She regards her own Connective Leadership theory not as “the answer” to all related questions, but rather as one of many small pieces of an attempt to describe our society.

It mostly deals with how you behave as an individual when you wish to achieve things and reach goals while taking the lead for yourself and others. According to Lipman-Blumen, everyone has their own style and strategies that can be classified into certain categories.

When doing classifications like this, one thing is always true: We are, as persons, always more than any elaborated profile might say about us, of course. However, it is possible this way to get to know our own achieving and leading profile better and thus to enhance and expand it.

Achieving Styles also make it possible for everyone to find out where there is the best way to be successful and where one's own weaknesses may be.

Achieving Styles that may have been unknown to someone until now can be newly learned and applied according to a situation. Thus, new paths to goal attainment might open up.

For a primary classification it has proven valuable to find out about one's own personal achieving profile, the so-called “Achieving Styles Individual Leadership Inventory (ASI)”. An overview plus the opportunity to take a test online can be found here.

For detailed information on the theory, see the basics.