Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
Claremont Graduate University
MGT 535 – Fall 2006
Leaders & Managers in the 21st Century: E'er the Twain Shall Meet
Professor: Jean Lipman-Blumen
Assisted by: Kathie Pelletier

Authors: David Chu, Lawrence Hahn, Christy Miller, and Lucia Soh.
Project discussion group:
Editing and Technology Server: David Chu

Welcome to our blog! This space was created as a final project in conjunction with the above referenced class at CGU. While we could have summarized our collaborative research in a final paper, we chose to use the blog format so that we could also share our learning with a wider audience and solicit feedback.

New strategies are necessary for leaders to be successful in the Connective Era where connections among people, products, and places render the old ways of doing things ineffective. Recognizing that the world has changed, it follows that we as leaders need to change in order to productively meet the new demands. Our goal is to identify ways in which institutions and individuals at various levels within the social or organizational hierarchy can confront ineffective leaders and influence the development of effective leaders in the 21st century.

Our research is sparked by Jean Lipman-Blumen’s book, “Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World” in which she uses the term “The Connective Era” to define the context in which today’s leaders must lead. We ask two questions:
1. How can individuals influence the advancement of effective Connective Era leadership strategies?
2. What strategies can institutions use to influence the development of effective leaders in the 21st century?

Lucia directs a leadership development program for a major health provider organization, and she surveys strategies for both organizations and individuals. Christy manages a team of application software support professionals, and her focus is on individual strategies. Lawrence, a community college business teacher, left a successful architectural practice in Indonesia to further his own education in the United States. He grew up as a devoted Muslim, and he uses the status of Muslim women to demonstrate ways in which individuals and organizations can influence major shifts in cultural attitudes. David is a retired senior executive with global experience and he both presents a view of connective leadership within a global enterprise and uses the recent events in Taiwan to answer the research questions from the perspective of non-U.S. cultures.

Feel free to browse, use the links to add comments, or send us an email. We are interested in hearing your reactions to these ideas and your experience with cultivating effective leadership for the 21st Century.

  • Introduction
  • Table of Contents
  • Methodology
  • Elements of Effective Leadership
  • Strategies for Individuals
  • Muslim Women Leadership Status in the Connective Era>
  • Connective Leadership in the Global Environment
  • Conclusion