I've written books and articles on issues of leadership, organizations, ethics and professional development (go to vita for a complete list of publications).   Recent books in English are listed below.  For books in other languages, click here.

Reframing Path to School Leadership, 3rd ed.Bolman, L. G., and Deal, T. E.  Reframing the Path to School Leadership: a Guide for Principals and Teachers, 3d ed..  (2018, Corwin).   (Find on or Barnes & Noble. This book is aimed particularly at principals and teachers who want to become better leaders.   Through a series of dialogues between a novice and a master teacher, and between a new and a veteran principal, we try to show how reframing the challenges of everyday life in schools brings greater clarity, helps to anticipate problems, and leads to more powerful leadership strategies. 


Engagement: Transforming Difficult Relationships at WorkBolman, L. G., and Gallos, J. V.  Engagement: Transforming Difficult Relationships at Work. (Wiley, 2016).  If you've struggled to find more productive ways to deal with an impossible boss, infuriating coworker, puzzling subordinate, or all of the above, you're not alone. Co-author Joan Gallos and I know these challenges  from our own experience, from the experience of our colleagues,  clients and students, and from the extensive literature on the subject.  Our new book offers help.  It uses a model built around the acronym SURE to develop four rules of engagement to guide the search for better ways to solve tough people problems.  The book is available in print and digital formats at Amazon and elsewhere.


Reframing 6th ed. Bolman, L. G., and Deal, T. E. Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership, 6th ed.  July, 2017.  The four frames remain the heart of the book, and the chapter structure is unchanged from the 5h edition, but we've edited and added new cases and research throughout to capture the state of knowledge and practice about organizations and leadership in 2017.  The frames help in understanding, for example, how Volkswagen and Wells Fargo followed the same script into tragedy, why Steve Jobs needed to fail before he could succeed, and how Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Howard Schultz (Starbucks) can both be obsessed with perfecting the customer experience but have very different ideas about how to do it.   Click here for foreign translations of Reframing.


Bolman, L. G., and Deal, T. E. How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing. (San Francisco,  Jossey-Bass, 2014).  Our latest book, How Great Leaders Think: the Art of Reframing, is out and available in print, digital and audio book formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc..  It has a simple message:

§  Good thinking is the starting point for good leadership.How Great Leaders Think

§  Leaders who can reframe—look at the same thing from multiple perspectives—think better. They create a lucid portrait of what’s going on around them and have a clearer vision of what’s needed to achieve desired results.

§  Leaders can see and do more when they know how to negotiate four key areas of the leadership terrain: structural, human resource, political, and symbolic.

The book answers a request we’ve often heard from readers and fans of our work  for a shorter, more applied version of Reframing Organizations. This new work is a compact overview of our ideas about reframing and our four-frame model, with a focus on leadership. Because storytelling is often the best form of teaching, we use cases and examples, many of them from iconic leaders, to provide realistic lessons about how great leaders think and act.   Harvey Schachter wrote a thoughtful review  for The Globe and Mail (click here), and Michael Sales' review provides a great overview of the key ideas and themes (click here).  A capsule review appears at


Leading With Soul, 3rd EditionBolman, L. G., and Deal, T. E.   Leading with Soul: an Uncommon Journey of Spirit, 3rd edition  (San Francisco,  Jossey-Bass, 2011).  (Available in print and digital editions on and Barnes & This is the latest  revision of our 1995 book.  We still tell the story of embattled executive Steve Camden, but we've made extensions and revisions throughout to deepen the book's hopeful spiritual message about leadership.  We have added new material on the responsibilities of business to its environment, described exciting new applications of the ideas in Leading with Soul, and responded to queries from readers.   Click here for foreign-language versions of Leading with Soul.


Bolman, L. G., and Gallos, J. G.  Reframing Academic Leadership.  SanBolman and Gallos Reframing Academic Leadership Cover Francisco: Jossey-Bass, January, 2011.  (Find on Joan Gallos and I have finished our first joint book, Reframing Academic Leadership, available in both print and digital form.  We think it's a readable, intellectually provocative, and pragmatic  guide to better leadership for college and university administrators.  The positive feedback we've received suggests that many readers agree.  Click to find the book on Amazon, KindleBarnes & Noble or Nookbook



Bolman, L. G. and Deal, T. E.  The Wizard and the Warrior: Leading with Passion and Power.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass,  2006.   (Find on The Wizard and the Warrior gives leaders the insight and courage they need to take risks on behalf of values they cherish and the people they guide. Great leaders must act both as wizard, calling on imagination, creativity, meaning, and magic, and as warrior, mobilizing strength, courage, and willingness to fight as necessary to fulfill their mission. Best-selling authors Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal present the defining moments and experiences of exemplary leaders such as  Thomas Keller (head chef of French Laundry), David Neeleman (CEO of Jet Blue), Mary Kay Ash, Warren Buffet, Anne Mulcahy, Joan of Arc, and Abraham Lincoln.  All have wrested with their own inner warrior and wizard. Engaging, realistic case studies raise questions and suggest possibilities without rushing to simple answers.