Meet the Authors

All spotlight sessions are included in registration and are part of a program of 400+ presentations, panels, roundtables, and workshops offered at the conference. 

One of the highlights of ILA's global conference is our Meet the Authors reception. It's a festive atmosphere where conference attendees browse the exhibit hall, peruse the hosted poster session, and engage with their favorite leadership authors. In lieu of the reception this year, we are pleased to offer this selection of Meet the Authors sessions at the conference. 

How Academic Disciplines Approach Leadership Development

Friday 6 November 14:40 to 15:10 EST

Susan R. Komives, Professor Emerita, Student Affairs Graduate Program, University of Maryland College Park 

How Academic Disciplines Approach Leadership Development (New Directions Series #165: Co-editors Matt Sowcik and Susan R. Komives). This NDSL issue explores the rapidly growing concept of leadership courses, minors, and certificate programs within academic majors in U.S. institutions of higher education. Data from the Multi-institutional Study of Leadership compares students by disciplines. Chapters include a range of disciplines including agriculture leadership, business, communications, engineering, political science, medicine, sociology, student affairs/higher education, and ROTC. Themes are presented using the framework of the ILA Guiding Questions.

Susan R. Komives is professor emerita in the student affairs graduate program at the University of Maryland College Park where she taught until 2012. She is past president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education and ACPA: College Student Educators International; and a past member of the ILA Board of Directors. Dr. Komives is the co-author or co-editor of a dozen books including Exploring Leadership, Leadership for A Better World, Handbook for Student Leadership Development, and Cross Border Enhancement for Student Learning and Development. She was a member of the ensemble that developed the widely used social change model of leadership development, lead researcher on the leadership identity development model grounded theory, and was co-founder of the Multi-institutional Study of Leadership (see She received the ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2019 John S. Blackburn Distinguished Pillar of the Profession from NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.


Leaders Who Lust: Power, Money, Sex, Success, Legitimacy, Legacy

Friday 6 November 14:40 to 15:10 EST AND
Saturday 7 November 14:40 to 15:10 EST

Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
Moderator: Faith W. Ngunjiri, Associate Professor of Ethics and Leadership, Offutt School of Business, Concordia College

Among our greatest leaders are those driven by impulses they cannot completely control - by lust. Lust is not, however, an abstraction, it has definition. Definition that, given the impact of leaders who lust, is essential to extract. This book identifies six types of lust with which leaders are linked: 1. Power: the ceaseless craving to control. 2. Money: the limitless desire to accrue great wealth. 3. Sex: the constant hunt for sexual gratification. 4. Success: the unstoppable need to achieve. 5. Legitimacy: the tireless claim to identity and equity. 6. Legacy: the endless quest to leave a permanent imprint. Each of the core chapters focuses on different lusts and features a cast of characters who bring lust to life. In the real-world, leaders who lust can and often do have an enduring impact. This book therefore is counterintuitive - it focuses not on moderation, but on immoderation.

Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is Founding Executive Director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership. And from 2003 to 2006 she served as the Center’s Research Director. She has written many books and articles about leadership and followership, most recently, Professionalizing Leadership, and (with Todd Pittinsky) Leaders Who Lust: Power, Money, Sex, Success, Legitimacy, Legacy.

What's Wrong With Leadership and Daily Leadership Development

Friday 6 November 16:40 to 17:10 EST 

Ron Riggio, Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, Claremont McKenna College

What’s Wrong with Leadership is an edited book written primarily for graduate students and scholars that focuses on the strengths and limitations of how we research and practice leadership. The list of authors is like a “Who’s who” of internationally, renowned scholars. It’s a terrific guide for students who are preparing theses or dissertations.

Daily Leadership Development is a step-by-step personal guide to leadership development. The idea is to take it a day-at-a-time, or a week-at-a-time, with tips and assessments to help an individual become a better leader. It is currently in hardcover, so that it can be kept on a desk, or bedside, with short, daily readings and tips for development.

Ron Riggio is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. Ron is the author of more than a dozen books and more than 100 research articles and book chapters in the areas of leadership, organizational psychology, and social psychology. Ron is the former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. He has served on the board of numerous journals and writes the Cutting-Edge Leadership blog at Psychology Today.

UNCHARTED: How to Map the Future Together 

Monday 9 November 14:40 to 15:10 EST 

Margaret Heffernan, Professor of Practice, University of Bath; Lead Faculty, Responsible Leadership Programme, Forward Institute

We are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future. But the complexity of modern life won’t provide that; experts in forecasting are reluctant to look more than 400 days out. History doesn’t repeat itself and even genetics won’t tell you everything you want to know. Ineradicable uncertainty is now a fact of life. In complex environments, efficiency is a hazard not a help; being robust is the better, safer option. Drawing on a wide array of people and places, Uncharted looks at long-term projects developed over generations that could never have been planned the way that they have been run. Experiments, led by individuals and nations, discover new possibilities and options. Radical exercises in forging new futures with wildly diverse participants allow everyone to create outcomes together that none could do alone. Existential crises reveal the vital social component in resilience. Death is certain, but how we approach it impacts the future of those we leave behind. And preparedness – doing everything today that you might need for tomorrow – provides the antidote to passivity and prediction. Ranging freely through history and from business to science, government to friendships, this refreshing book challenges us to resist the false promises of technology and efficiency and instead to mine our own creativity and humanity for the capacity to create the futures we want and can believe in.

Margaret Heffernan is the author of the best-selling UNCHARTED: How to Map the Future Together (2020, Simon&Schuster), nominated for a Financial Times Best Business Book award. She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute's Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. The author of six books, Margaret's third book, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn't Everything and How We Do Better, described as "meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault." Her TED talks have been seen by over twelve million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Learn more:

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