Professor Lee G. Bolman, Ph.D.


Lee Bolman is an author, scholar, consultant and speaker who is Professor of Leadership and holds the Marion Bloch/Missouri Chair in Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  

His most recent books include How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing (2014) and  Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership  (5th ed., 2013), both with Terry Deal, and Reframing Academic Leadership (2011), with Joan Gallos.  His other books with Lee Bolman Photo Terry Deal include The Wizard and the Warrior: Leading with Passion and Power (2006);  Leading with Soul: an Uncommon Journey of Spirit (3rd ed., 2011);  Reframing the Path to School Leadership (2d ed., 2010); Escape from Cluelessness: a Guide for the Organizationally-Challenged (2000);  Becoming a Teacher Leader (1994); and Modern Approaches to Understanding and Managing Organizations (1984). Bolman and Deal’s books have been translated into more than ten languages.  His publications also include cases, chapters, and articles in scholarly and professional journals.  

Lee consults and lectures worldwide to corporations, public agencies, universities and schools. He holds a B.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. Prior to coming to UMKC, he taught for four years at Carnegie-Mellon University  and more than twenty years at Harvard.  He has also taught as a visiting lecturer at the Yale School of Organization and Management.  His administrative roles at UMKC have included  Interim Dean of the Bloch School of Management, and chair of the department of Organizations, Leadership and Marketing.  At Harvard he served as director and principal investigator for the National Center for Educational Leadership and for the Harvard School Leadership Academy, with a total of $3 million in external funding.  He was also  educational chair for two Harvard executive programs -- the Institute for Educational Management and the Management Development program.  

He commutes to Kansas City from his home in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife, Joan Gallos, and an irrepressible Cockapoo, Douglas McGregor. 

[Updated October, 2014]