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Presentation Track Guidelines

CFP Submission Is Now Open Thru 1 February 2018

Acceptance Status Emails Will Be Sent on 10 May 2018

Each presentation track offers proposal guidelines and keywords that best represent the track team's interest for this year's conference. These guidelines are offered to assist and are not meant to be read as limitations.

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Business Leadership

Contact: businessleadership@ila-net.com

The Business Leadership Track strives to provide useful resources, information, and perspectives that focus on challenges and solutions for business leaders and those whose leadership work serves this sector. Submission teams should include business leaders. Relevant and rigorous approaches backed by proven results are preferred.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership in varied types of business settings (start-ups, large corporations, family companies, etc.)
  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • Ethics: contextual realities and solutions to ethical problems
  • Expatriate leadership development and challenges
  • Global and local leadership practices
  • Governance
  • Inclusionary practices, strategies, results
  • Social identities in business leadership teams (distal, virtual, intercultural)
  • Toxic behaviors and their consequences in businesses

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Leadership Development

Contact: leadershipdevelopment@ila-net.com

This year, the submissions for the Leadership Development (LD) Track should be crafted with a clear focus and relationship to the 2018 Conference theme: Authentic Leadership for Progress, Peace, & Prosperity. Submissions may address the theme through a "local" or international (cross cultural) perspective, correlating to government, business, or non-profit sectors.

The Leadership Development MIG is a community for leadership coaches, consultants, human resource managers, program directors, leaders, change agents, and other professionals, which creates the opportunity to connect across sectors — examining best practices, new ideas, and the integration and application of leadership development, theory, and practice.

Important note: Priority will be given to submissions that show a clear relevance to the conference theme. The phrase "Authentic Leadership for Progress, Peace & Prosperity" does not need to be in the title. A submission will only be considered relevant to the conference theme based on content —not the title.

Therefore, consider how the leadership development categories (below) might be developed into submissions with direct relevance to the conference theme of Authentic Leadership for Progress, Peace & Prosperity:

  • Arts and leadership
  • Coaching / mentoring
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consulting
  • Decision-making
  • Emergent leadership
  • Ethical leadership
  • Evolution of leadership over the past 10 years
  • Forgiveness
  • Followership
  • Future-oriented leadership
  • Innovation in leadership
  • LD tools, instruments, and exercises
  • Leadership branding
  • Leadership challenges
  • Leadership models and methodologies
  • Leading through crisis
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Neuroleadership
  • Power and influence
  • Resilient leaders and teams
  • Technology and social media
  • Additionally, other topics may be submitted under this year's CFP, particularly ones related to the conference theme.

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Leadership Education

Contact: leadershipeducation@ila-net.com

The Leadership Education Track creates space to discuss and advance grounded, practical theory and research about the teaching and learning of leadership. More specifically, members explore how best to think about leadership processes and, in turn, the education of leaders for an increasingly interdependent, uncertain and volatile world.

The Leadership Education Track is committed to developing leaders who can act authentically and intentionally to help move challenging, complex experiences forward for Progress, Peace, & Prosperity. To that end, the LE Track encourages submissions that explore leadership education issues relevant to the 2018 ILA theme: Authentic Leadership for Progress, Peace, & Prosperity.

Note: Paper presentation submissions to the Leadership Education Track will be considered for the “Most Publishable Leadership Education Paper” award, sponsored by SAGE Publishing. The winner(s) will receive a travel allowance from SAGE to attend the ILA global conference in West Palm Beach.

  1. How must leadership theory and practice evolve in order to better support movement toward an interdependent world committed to progress, peace, and prosperity for all of its citizens.
  2. How do we rethink, reframe and reimagine progress so that it becomes productive and beneficial for all the world's citizens, and not just for those in positions of privilege and power; in other words, how do we progress in a manner that is purposeful, considerate, and thoughtful?
  3. What types of challenges does the concept of "progress" present for leaders in an increasingly diverse, international world; how best should we approach these challenges to ensure peace and prosperity for everyone?
  4. How do we teach leadership, in all institutions of primary and secondary education nationally and internationally, so that students find the courage to act and have voice in times of increasing personal risk, especially when it concerns matters of social and economic injustice, inequality, and other critical issues?
  5. How do we teach and maintain a focus on authenticity and integrity in worlds that are mediated and self-promotional, or ethics in worlds where anything goes?
  6. What are the core values and objectives that bind us together as leadership educators; how do we work together and live our values in a manner that supports responsible, thoughtful progress toward an internationally interdependent world of peace and progress?

Additional areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and student affairs collaborations
  • Assessments of teaching and learning
  • Community-based leadership education
  • Curriculum design and development
  • Faculty and staff development for leadership education
  • Innovative courses and their outcomes (i.e., capstones, practicums)
  • Knowledge, skills, and competencies
  • Leadership Studies/Organizational Leadership degree programs
  • National Leadership Education Research Agenda
  • Research on teaching and learning
  • Student-affairs based leadership education
  • Student engagement activities and outcomes
  • Teaching about ethics
  • Teaching classes of diverse students
  • Teaching leadership
  • Teaching followership
  • Theories and models of leadership and leadership education
  • Theories and models of teaching and learning
  • Uses of technology in leadership education

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Leadership Scholarship

Contact: leadershipscholarship@ila-net.com

The Leadership Scholarship Track provides a dynamic forum for scholars from across sectors, disciplines, and career paths to share and learn about cutting edge research and scholarship in leadership studies. The Leadership Scholarship Track encourages the submission of high-quality scholarly proposals on leadership from every discipline and school of thought. Authors are encouraged to submit papers, complete symposia, panels, and workshops that advance knowledge and raise issues with regard to leadership scholarship and research. Individual papers should report on a systematic investigation and study of a leadership topic in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. Research papers demonstrating theoretical and practical relevance, rigorous methods, and results are preferred. Symposia linking a number of scholarly papers across a leadership theme, approaching a leadership theme from various methods, comparing theoretical paradigms, or emphasizing a specific methodology are encouraged. Preferences will be given to submissions demonstrating strong research methodology and relevance to the field of leadership scholarship.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advances and dilemmas in leadership theory and research
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Diverse leader identity development
  • Dyadic or multi-level theory and research (e.g., study of followership, leadership systems)
  • Evidence-based leadership practice
  • How to submit to journals and importance of reviewer criteria in publishing opportunities
  • Inclusivity in regard to innovative methods, populations, or contexts
  • Meta-analysis
  • Methodology – quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods
  • Research
  • Social construction of leadership and leadership perceptions (e.g., implicit leadership theory)
  • Humanities or natural sciences approaches to the study of leadership
  • Use of technology in the process of and the study of leadership

In addition to conference session submissions, full-day and half-day workshop submissions emphasizing innovative or emerging research methodologies or strategies are encouraged. Full-day and half-day workshop submissions should (a) describe the specific content to be taught in the workshop and (b) indicate whether the coverage of the material will be basic or advanced. Submissions should include (c) an outline of the pre-conference workshop's flow and time usage and (d) a list of 3-4 learning objectives. Curricula vitae of pre-conference workshop presenters/facilitators are requested.

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Public Leadership

Contact: publicleadership@ila-net.com

The Public Leadership Track encourages submissions about the conference theme and public leadership from both applied/scholarly and practitioner-oriented perspectives. 

Submissions may focus on challenges and solutions critical to those who practice, study, and teach leadership for the public good. The Public Leadership Member Interest Group focuses on global and local complex challenges and their leadership implications within and across many contexts, organizations, institutions, and systems, like civic/civil society, community/grassroots movements, political, governmental, non-governmental/non-profit, social, economic, peace, military, and educational contexts, organizations, and systems. Increasingly so, this also incorporates collaborative efforts between the aforementioned organizations, society-at-large, and for-profit businesses.

The sharing of ideas and expertise will be warmly welcomed and encouraged through sessions, presentations, panel discussions, workshops, roundtables, display posters, and full- or half-day workshop submissions.

We invite you to also go to ILA Intersections to explore ideas and opportunities for collaboration on the HubILA discussion group. Submissions involving cross-track topics are also encouraged.

Areas of potential interest include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Multi-stakeholder leadership initiatives and actions in civic/civil society, the spaces between and across sectors
  • Creating social and environmental wellbeing
  • Civic engagement and educational engagement
  • Multi-sectorial collaboration
  • Inclusion of the marginalized, the voiceless, and the other
  • Fostering resilient communities and thriving organizations
  • Community leadership and lived experience
  • Engaging leaders across generations, for sustainability of humanity and the planet
  • Adaptive leadership (increased agility and creativity)
  • Need for new structures, innovations, and narratives
  • Exploring the notion of "people's diplomacy" or democratization
  • Bringing value to and humanizing globalization
  • Distinction between elected officials and leaders
  • Glocality - Global issues and principles and their impact on the local context (including local public leaders)
  • Broadening our understanding of public leadership
  • Broadening our understanding of the role of business to achieve the public good in society
  • Addressing key issues such as: discrimination, power imbalances, root causes, hyper-partisanship, populism and growing disenfranchisement and incivility, distrust of public officials, eroding of the public arena, policing, social media, identifying root causes
  • Authentic leadership on the collective level that uncovers root causes, sector failures, historical and economic inequities, and leadership practices based on integrity/ethics
  • Leadership approaches that continually work to understand and bridge divides across cultures, ethnicities, economic class, diverse groups, levels of power/access on a range of real world issues

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Youth Leadership

Contact: youthleadership@ila-net.com

The Youth Leadership Track seeks submissions that examine and highlight proven approaches, effective programs, and rigorous research focused on the needs of those under 36 years of age. This track hopes to engage all generations that support youth leadership and welcomes everyone to submit, especially those interested in creating space for youth to present their experiences, programs, and research in support of youth leadership development. This track encourages collaboration and group presentations, panel discussions, workshops, roundtables, posters, as well as individual presentation submissions to be grouped later with other similar presentations.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Best practices for youth leadership and cross-cultural development
  • High-impact practices that foster cross-cultural youth leadership development
  • Youth leadership in social justice in local and global movements
  • Insights from youth on how technological advances support leadership outcomes
  • Evaluation and assessment of skills needed for long-term leadership success
  • Multi-generational approaches that contribute to youth leadership practice and theory
  • Efforts to establish a foundational body of theory and practice to inform the field of youth leadership
  • Youth leaders’ perspectives on the needs of young leaders

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