The Dynamics of Inclusive Leadership: A Call for Papers

The Dynamics of Inclusive Leadership: A Call for Papers

"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."

— Max DePree from Leadership Is an Art

The Dynamics of Inclusive Leadership is the theme for the 18th annual conference for the International Leadership Association to be held in Atlanta Georgia, November 2-5, 2016. Like last year, the Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research seeks to support and develop innovative research proposals stemming from the good work currently being done by Center affiliates – faculty, staff, students, and alumni concerning the nature of leadership. The full call for proposals can be found at

As was previously reported on the Research Hub the School for Advanced Studies was well represented at the 2015 conference in Barcelona. We gained valuable experience and developed a growing awareness of the importance of sharing our good work with other interested scholars from around the world. We intend to harness that experience to generate high quality proposals from Center affiliates to be shared for the 2016 conference in Atlanta.

There are many different proposal submission types so please contact with your questions surrounding how to best situate your ideas, reports, and research findings. As was our purpose last year, the Center’s leadership; the Chair, Research Fellows, and key Associate Faculty are ready to lend a hand in helping you develop a high quality proposal for the Atlanta conference. 

ILA Member Interest Groups

Just in case you are wondering how your ideas might fit, take a look at the Member Interest Groups of the ILA. Member Interest Groups are organized broadly around field or orientation to leadership. They organize projects and programs, recruit and engage volunteers, advise and work with the ILA staff, promote the call for session proposals and other opportunities, and organize the peer review process for the global conferences. They are as follows:

Business Leadership

A community for corporate leaders and others who direct, consult on, or study leadership development and effectiveness in business settings that creates opportunities to share and reflect on ideas, challenges, trends, and experiences related to a wide variety of sector-specific interests.

Leadership Development

A community for leadership coaches, consultants, human resource managers, program directors, leaders, and other professionals that creates opportunities to connect across sectors to examine best practices, new ideas, and the integration and application of leadership development, theory, and practice.

Leadership Education

A community for educators, professors, and teachers leading curricular or co – curricular programs at primary, secondary, and higher education institutions that creates opportunities to share curricula, pedagogies, programs, and research about teaching and learning.

Leadership Scholarship

A community for seasoned and new scholars and researchers from all disciplines and fields of study that creates opportunities to share research and theories, encourages rigor and relevance, and fosters collaboration.

Public Leadership

A community for those who lead, work with, or study non-profit, social, civic, political, and governmental institutions that creates opportunities to address sector-specific leadership challenges, strategies, research, programs, and solutions.

Youth Leadership

A community for those of all generations who support, develop, or study youth leadership that creates opportunities for cross-generational dialogue about the challenges young leaders face now and in the future.

Doctoral Education Faculty and Leaders

Finally, the most recent Member Interest Group to form, Doctoral Education Faculty and Leaders Learning Community, is directly related to the Center’s established research agenda. The vision for the, Doctoral Education Faculty and Leaders Learning Community is to promote an exchange of ideas between faculty and leaders who work in doctoral programs in leadership. The discussion of these ideas will enhance members’ ability to develop stewards of the leadership discipline and subsequently advance leadership at all levels.

As you can see there are many ways, stemming from many facets of membership, to engage your ideas, reports, and research proposals. We stand ready to support your efforts! The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Let’s start today so that we can develop high quality proposals that will aid in advancing your research as well as your professional life while becoming part of the fastest growing leadership association in the world.

See you in Atlanta!

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