Lee Bolman, Ph.D.
Professor and Marion Bloch/Missouri Chair in Leadership
Areas of expertise: Leadership, management, organizational behavior, organizational change, organization theory, ethics, workplace spirituality
Lee Bolman is an author, scholar, consultant and lecturer who holds the Marion Bloch Missouri Chair in Leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His B.A. in history and Ph.D. in organizational behavior are from Yale University.
Bolman’s teaching and writing over the last three decades has explored the intersection of organizations and leadership. In recent years, Bolman’s work has been primarily conceptual and philosophical, with occasional empirical studies. Bolman favors the space and freedom to develop an argument that writing books offers as opposed to writing articles, and his primary interest is in writing for managers and students of management, trying to distill the products of management scholarship into clear, succinct and practical lessons for leadership.
Bolman has written numerous books on leadership and organizations with co-author Terry Deal, including The Wizard and the Warrior: Leading with Passion and Power; Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership; Leading with Soul: an Uncommon Journey of Spirit; Reframing the Path to School Leadership; Escape from Cluelessness: a Guide for the Organizationally Challenged; Becoming a Teacher Leader; and Modern Approaches to Understanding and Managing Organizations. Bolman and Deal’s books have been translated into more than 10 languages. His publications also include numerous cases, chapters and articles in scholarly publications.