Portrait of Jean lipman-Blumen

Jean Lipman-Blumen is Professor of Organizational Behavior at CGU’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, and the former Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy.

She has served as an assistant director of the National Institute of Education and as special advisor to the Domestic Policy Staff in the White House under President Jimmy Carter.

Lipman-Blumen has consulted for various governments and private sector organizations and is president of the Connective Leadership Institute, a leadership development, management consulting, and public policy research firm in Pasadena, California.

Her teaching interests and areas of expertise are leadership, achieving styles, crisis management, “hot groups,” organizational behavior, and gender roles. Her current research interests are connective leadership in a diverse and interdependent world; why followers tolerate toxic leaders; a practical theory of crisis management; and a leadership strategy for global, enduring, and sustainable peace.

Lipman-Blumen has published seven 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. Lipman-Blumen has served on several editorial and other not-for-profit boards, including the De Pree Leadership Center, the National Women’s Museum, and the Ernest Becker Foundation. She is a board member emerita of the International Leadership Association.

Lipman-Blumen has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of La Verne. She spent a year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto. In 2010, she received the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that “honors an individual’s accomplishments in the development and enhancement of the field of leadership over his or her lifetime.”


Jean Lipman-Blumen, The Allure of Toxic Leaders. Oxford University Press, 2006

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The Allure of Toxic Leadership