I've written books and articles on issues of leadership, organizations, ethics and professional development (go to vita for a complete list of publications). Recent books in English are listed below. For books in other languages, click here.
Bolman, L. G., and Gallos, J. V. Engagement:
Transforming Difficult Relationships at Work. (Wiley, 2016).
If you've struggled to find more productive ways to deal
with an impossible boss, infuriating coworker, puzzling
subordinate, or all of the above, you're not alone. Co-author
Joan Gallos and I know these challenges from
our own experience, from the experience of our colleagues,
clients and students, and from the extensive literature
on the subject. Our new book offers help.
It uses a model built around the acronym SURE to develop
four rules of engagement to guide the search for better ways to
solve tough people problems. The book is now
available in print and digital formats at
Amazon and elsewhere.
Bolman, L. G., and Deal, T. E. How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing. (San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 2014). Our latest book, How Great Leaders Think: the Art of Reframing, is out and available in print, digital and audio book formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.. It has a simple message:
thinking is the starting point for good leadership.
§ Leaders who can reframe—look at the same thing from multiple perspectives—think better. They create a lucid portrait of what’s going on around them and have a clearer vision of what’s needed to achieve desired results.
§ Leaders can see and do more when they know how to negotiate four key areas of the leadership terrain: structural, human resource, political, and symbolic.
The book answers a request we’ve often heard from readers and
fans of our work for a shorter, more applied version of
Reframing Organizations. This new work is a compact overview
of our ideas about reframing and our four-frame model, with a
focus on leadership. Because storytelling is often the best form
of teaching, we use cases and examples, many of them from iconic
leaders, to provide realistic lessons about how great leaders
think and act. Harvey Schachter wrote a
thoughtful review for The Globe and Mail
(click here), and Michael Sales'
review provides a great overview of the key ideas and themes
(click here). A
capsule review appears at
Harvey Schachter wrote a thoughtful review for The Globe and Mail (click here), and Michael Sales' review provides a great overview of the key ideas and themes (click here). A capsule review appears at leadershipandmanagementbooks.com.
Bolman, L. G., and Deal, T. E. Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership, 5th ed. August, 2013. The four frames remain the heart of the book, and the chapter structure is unchanged from the 4th edition, but we've edited and added new cases and research throughout to capture the state of knowledge and practice about organizations and leadership in 2013. The frames help in understanding, for example, why Steve Jobs needed to fail before he could succeed, and how Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Howard Schultz (Starbucks) can both be obsessed with perfecting the customer experience but have very different ideas about how to do it. Click here for foreign translations of Reframing.
Bolman, L. G., and Deal, T. E. Leading with Soul: an Uncommon Journey of Spirit, 3rd edition (San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 2011). (Available in print and digital editions on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.) This is the latest revision of our 1995 book. We still tell the story of embattled executive Steve Camden, but we've made extensions and revisions throughout to deepen the book's hopeful spiritual message about leadership. We have added new material on the responsibilities of business to its environment, described exciting new applications of the ideas in Leading with Soul, and responded to queries from readers. Click here for foreign-language versions of Leading with Soul.
Bolman, L. G., and Gallos, J. G. Reframing Academic Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, January, 2011. (Find on Amazon.com.) Joan Gallos and I have finished our first joint book, Reframing Academic Leadership, available in both print and digital form. We think it's a readable, intellectually provocative, and pragmatic guide to better leadership for college and university administrators. The positive feedback we've received suggests that many readers agree. Click to find the book on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble or Nookbook
Bolman, L. G., and Deal, T. E. Reframing the Path to School Leadership: a Guide for Principals and Teachers, 2d ed.. (2010, Corwin). (Find on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. This book is aimed particularly at principals and teachers who want to become better leaders. Through a series of dialogues between a novice and a master teacher, and between a new and a veteran principal, we try to show how reframing the challenges of everyday life in schools brings greater clarity, helps to anticipate problems, and leads to more powerful leadership strategies. (More on Reframing the Path...)