Arts and Leadership Learning Community (ALLC)

Who are we?
A global community of leadership researchers, developers, master artists, and practitioners passionate about aesthetics, arts, culture, creativity, design, equity, imagination, and innovation in leadership. We are committed to cutting edge research, practice, and leadership development methods to bring about the best leaders for the future.

What are our current priorities?

  • Reach out to ILA leaders to collaborate on integrating the arts and leadership into ILA's programming for conferences and beyond
  • Collaborate with other members in submitting proposals for arts and leadership conference sessions
  • Write an arts and leadership article for the ILA newsletter
  • Collaborate with other ILA members in writing proposals and/or chapter for a BLB book
  • Review conference proposals
  • Generate greater interest in the arts and leadership learning community
  • Reach out to inactive members
  • Reach out to other ILA groups, committees, and learning communities as an ambassador for the arts and leadership community
  • Host and/or lead additional arts and leadership webinar

Past Events and Activities

  • Networking Luncheon at ILA Brussels Conference. Attendees participated in an engaging conversation on why arts and leadership matter, to build awareness and stronger interest in the ALLC.
  • Hosted The New Normal: Leading with Artistry in a Turbulent World, a highly interactive all-day pre-conference workshop featuring four artists-scholars-leadership practitioners on infusing music, visual art, drama, and movement into their organizations, teams, and student learning communities at ILA Brussels Conference.
  • Inaugural ALLC Breakfast at ILA Atlanta Conference
  • Featured in ILA’s Member Connector Magazine PDF (member only link), with in-depth interviews of author Gloria Burgess and editor Megan Scribner about their books Flawless Leadership: Connecting Who You Are with What You Know and Do and Leading from Within: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Lead.
  • Hosted Leadership: The Power of Place, a “moveable” post-conference workshop featuring visits to historic sites and leadership reflections and lessons at ILA Barcelona.
  • Hosted an ILA webinar, featuring authors Gloria Burgess and Frank Barrett, discussing his book Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz.
How can ILA members be involved?
The ALLC connects and involves an international cadre of leadership researchers, developers and practitioners around the arts and aesthetics of leadership through:
  • Participation in the global network
  • Attendance of the Annual Global Conference events
  • Attendance of other special events
  • Contribution to the ALLC Newsletter (forthcoming)

How to Affiliate With This Community
ILA members who affiliate with an LC receive occasional emails of interest from their LC leaders including volunteer openings, updates on LC initiatives, and opportunities to provide feedback. To affiliate/join: log in to this profile update form, scroll down and "Edit Your ILA Member Community Settings." Make sure to click Save in order to save your changes.

Contact ILA's membership team at with any general questions about ILA's member communities.


John R. Shoup serves as the Dean of the School of Education at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. John has a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Institutional Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of California, Riverside. He also has a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. ×


Daryl R. Smith serves as full professor at Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He previously served as the Chair of the Organizational Leadership Department at Mount St. Joseph University and as the Head of Academics in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy. His primary teaching areas are leadership, research methods and statistics and organizational behavior. He has considerable expertise in the field of aviation having served as a pilot in the United States Air Force as well as a faculty member at the Air Force Academy. He is currently teaches aviation through his educational website, He has authored two books as well as several journal articles. He earned his PhD at the University of Washington Business School. ×

Community Resources

We have a vision: Our community is open and inviting for all those engaged in or interested in learning more about the arts and leadership development. We hope to encourage and leverage the diversity of ideas, opinions, and experiences about the arts and leadership development.

The intersection of arts and leadership has already developed a world-wide community of interest. There are a number of other networks responsive to the arts and leadership movement worldwide. Examples include both scholars and practitioners who are part of the AACORN (Arts, Aesthetics, Creativity, & Organizational Research) community, those involved with the journal Organizational Aesthetics, and the European Sociological Association Research Network for the Sociology of the Arts.

Consider joining with us as we continue on our journey! ×