Public Leadership

The Public Leadership Member Community serves and involves those who practice, study, and teach leadership in the public domain. This includes civic, governmental, military, nonprofit/NGO, political, and social organizations and institutions typically characterized by a primary emphasis on serving the public good. Increasingly so, this also incorporates collaborative efforts between the aforementioned organizations and for-profit businesses.

The community facilitates sharing of ideas, expertise, and resources to address public leadership issues; encourages the development and application of concepts, theories, research, and practical experience in the field of public leadership; and highlights emerging issues, challenges, opportunities, and best practices.

Priorities & Projects

  • Advancing leadership knowledge & practice to: support effective and ethical public leadership, address common challenges, and explore solutions across domains
  • Strengthening the ILA public leadership network by attracting, enrolling, and engaging new members in each domain
  • Organizing focused conference programs to specifically meet the needs of public leaders including concurrent sessions and the annual public leadership networking dinner
  • Encouraging submissions to the International Journal of Public Leadership

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Community Leaders

Kristin Tardif Larisa Collier Russell Robinson

Kristin Tardif
Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership, College of Applied Science and Technology, University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Larissa Collier
Discipline Chair for Anatomical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Russell Robinson
Director, Organizational Development & Leadership, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Sample Resources

Leadership Perspectives Webinars

Downloadable Book Chapters

Many books in the ILA book series are of particular interest to public leaders, including:


Larissa Collier received her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She completed her MSc in European Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2005. She received her MA in Anthropology (2010), MS in Medical Sciences (2011), and PhD in Anthropology (2013) with a specialization in biological anthropology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Her research focuses on two areas: (1) community patterns of violence in past and present societies including how toxic leadership and morally disengaged followers produce and exacerbate violence and (2) anatomy/medical education including community outreach programs and the introduction and integration of technology in the classroom. Dr. Collier has previously taught anatomy at ACOM in Dothan, AL and the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. She currently serves as the Discipline Chair for Anatomical Sciences at VCOM Louisiana where she plans to collaborate with other chairs and faculty to develop an integrated, clinical case-based program of anatomy education.



Russell Robinson is the Director of the Behavioral Health Services' (BHS) Organizational Development and Leadership (ODL) division. BHS is part of Program Support Center's (PSC) Federal Occupational Public Leadership - Candidate Russell Robinson Health, which is a division of the US Department of Health and Human Service. The focus of his work is developing Human Resource Development solutions to wicked Federal government organizational problems.

He is also a doctoral candidate in Human Organizational Learning in the Graduate School of Higher Education Development (GSEHD) at the George Washington University. His research explores employee engagement and its relationships with employee voice and employee silence. Additional research includes practical application of change management, leader development and women & leadership studies. Additionally, Russell served on the Board of Directors of Lifepieces to Masterpieces, a Washington, DC after school program; and, he is the Treasurer of Corporate Counsel Women of Color.

Russell is a graduate of American University's Masters in Public Administration program, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton.



Kristin Tardif is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She teaches Organizational Leadership, serves on the university's standing committees on assessment, curriculum development, and faculty awards and is the Faculty Advisor to the Student Veterans, Salute Honor Society, and Leadership Studies Organization. Previously she taught at Central Maine Community College and Fort Hays State University, where she helped write the curriculum, and launch the Global Challenge Program.

Tardif has lived and worked internationally, and has developed Canadian and Latin American partnerships, study abroad programs, as well as "Maymester" programs. Her research focuses on two areas: Global Citizen Leadership, and the competencies to successfully participate in international trade and global assignments; Disruptive Creative Leadership, and igniting the creative economy.

Tardif has a PhD in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a Masters of Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University, and BS in Geosciences and BA in History from Fort Hays State University. She is an experience educator who brings experience and skills into the classroom; a lifetime of international travel, and long career with a multi-international corporation.

Tardif was an executive with Nestle Foods in the corporate affairs and marketing department. Her background spans over 25 years, in plant management, division quality management, project management and natural resource management. She has certificates in Geographic Information Systems, Cartography and Leadership.



Elżbieta Jablonska is both a seasoned entrepreneur and scientist, with two decades of experience across different industries and across diverse cultures.

Elżbieta's main interests are public leadership, transformational leadership, values-based leadership, good governance, democratic transitions, and policy behaviors in small states - her doctoral dissertation focuses on the case of Gross National Happiness in Bhutan. She holds a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Warsaw School of Economics, MBA from Brennan School of Economics (Dominican University, Chicago), and is certified in Change Leadership by Cornell University.

While being a passionate educator (she teaches worldwide in the area of entrepreneurship for social change, cross-culture communication, change leadership, international relations, and diplomacy), Elżbieta is also a successful entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, executive coach, and consultant. In 1997, she started her first privately held company in the field of engineering, introducing small producers from post-communistic countries to Western markets. She also serves as an advisor for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

Elżbieta has worked extensively in many volunteer projects in the health sector (mental health, geriatrics, and family clinics) and in protecting disappearing cultures (e.g. Costa Rica, post-Yugoslavian countries and Poland). Currently, she is engaged in a governmental project for education in West Africa and a development project in South Asia.×