Reinventing Leadership

Making the Connection Between Politics and Business

By Barbara Kellerman

Subjects: Business And Government
Series: SUNY series in Leadership Studies
Paperback : 9780791440728, 278 pages, February 1999
Hardcover : 9780791440711, 278 pages, February 1999

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Table of contents

Introduction: Reinventing Leadership

Part I Standing Apart

1. The 1950s and 1960s: Different Worlds

2. The 1970s: Different Drummers

3. The 1980s: Narrowing the Differences;

Part II Coming Together

4. The Winds of Change: Politics, Economics, and Technologies

5. The Winds of Change: Business, Organizations, and Culture

6. The 1990s: Side by Side

Part III Joined at the Hip

7. Impaired Learning

8. Fault Lines

9. Ties that Bind



In a striking departure from past practices, this book critically assesses political and business leadership simultaneously.


In a striking departure from past practices, Barbara Kellerman explores the fact that although we persist in viewing political and business leadership separately, the similarities between them far outweigh the differences. Kellerman claims that thinking of government and corporate leaders as a breed apart contributes to the dysfunctional gap between them, and she argues that in order to tackle those political, economic, and social problems that are the most intractable, political and business leaders will have no choice but to work together.

Barbara Kellerman is Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. She is the author of many books including among others The Political Presidency: Practice of Leadership; coauthor of (with Ryan Barilleaux) The President as World Leader; editor of Political Leadership: A Source Book and Leadership: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, and coeditor of (with James David Barber) Women Leaders in American Politics and (with Jeffrey Z. Rubin) Leadership and Negotiation in the Middle East.


"A master of leadership studies, Barbara Kellerman provides here a sweeping, deeply insightful and groundbreaking synthesis of leadership in politics and business during the last five decades. Delightfully written, Reinventing Leadership is an extraordinary achievement. " — Ronald A. Heifetz, Director of the Leadership Education Project, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"A scholarly and persuasive piece of writing on why and how political leadership studies and corporate leadership studies have to get together. Their fates are correlated, Kellerman insists, and there's no time to lose. An original and much needed treatise. " — Warren Bennis, University Professor and Founding Chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California

"Barbara Kellerman penetrates to the heart of one of the most crucial and fascinating economic/political problems of the next century—the creative interlocking of government and business leadership—and presents specific proposals for such a creative goal. This fresh and thoughtful argument is presented in an engaging and persuasive style. " — James MacGregor Burns, Williams College