West Palm Beach Banner
Eliciting the True Self: A Personal Constructs Approach to Developing Authentic Leaders Group Discussion

Register Online

When: Wednesday, 24 October | 09:00 - 12:00 | HALF DAY
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center - 1D
Ticket Price: ILA members - $45 | non-members - $60
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event
visit our sponsor page to learn more!


The essence of authentic leadership is alignment of actions with an identity that is grounded in the "true self". Authenticity is promoted to the extent this "true self" becomes integrated with other dimensions of identity, such as a commitment to progress, peace, and prosperity. Such alignment requires a sense of self that is free of deception, blind spots, and unconscious motives. The first step toward achieving such alignment is self-awareness of discrepancies between manifest leadership capacity and a more perfected aspirational identity.

Personal constructs psychology provides both a conceptual framework and technical apparatus for promoting the multifaceted insights required to identify discrepancies between existing and ideal leader identities. This workshop will introduce interactive software designed to surface participants' implicit leadership theories and promote the alignment of self with aspirational ideals required to achieve authentic leadership capacity.

The application of personal constructs psychology to the development of leadership capacity has implications for leadership development, education and research. Workshop participants will learn techniques for analyzing and visually displaying discrepancies between leaders' multiples selves, utilizing concepts, and techniques appropriated from Kelly's theory of personal constructs. Attendees will experience firsthand the power of eliciting unique elements of their own implicit theories of authentic leadership.

For more information, download the long description.

Who Should Attend?

Experience an innovative approach to eliciting tacit knowledge and exploring implicit theories of leadership using tools and perspectives derived from personal constructs psychology.


View This Video About the Precon!

What Will Attendees Gain?

The anticipated outcomes are:

  • Understand the relevance of personal constructs psychology for the study and development of leadership capacity
  • Experience the power of the repertory grid technique for eliciting implicit theories that affect leader authenticity
  • Gain exposure to software and tools for analyzing implicit knowledge structures related to leadership theory and practice
  • Participate in the construction of a leadership framework and an authentic leader identity focused on promoting progress, peace, prosperity

Track: Leadership Development

Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Gail Latta
Gail F. Latta
Xavier University


Gail F. Latta, Associate Professor and founding Director of the Leadership Studies Doctoral Program at Xavier University, was formerly Professor and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University Nebraska-Lincoln. Latta's repertory grid research is published in the ASIS Journal; her OC3 Model of Organizational Change in Cultural Context appears in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies and international Journal of Organizational Change Management. Her leadership research has been published in journals and presented at conferences sponsored by the Association for Psychological Science, Academy of Human Resource Development, Academy of Management and its regional and international affiliates.



Whitney McIntyre Miller is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Chapman University. Whitney received her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and centers her research around peace leadership and issues of community development and leadership, with a particular focus on postconflict societies. Whitney has researched and worked in Sierra Leone and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and has also lived in Russia. She has traveled to over 40 countries for work, study, and leisure. She has also worked in the areas of international development, refugee return and resettlement, nonviolence, elections monitoring, and community development. Whitney has served for the past several years as the co-convener of the International Leadership Association's Peace Leadership Affinity Group.



Paul Kosempel is currently Teaching Associate Professor in leadership studies at the University of Denver (DU) as well as Interim Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program. Paul joined the faculty in 2007, and soon after received his PhD in interpersonal communication from DU. His professional experience includes over twenty years in higher education in various capacities including career development, leadership development, and operations management. He is co-convener of ILA's Sustainability Leadership Learning Community. His research interests include leadership and sustainability, assessment of leadership learning outcomes, and mentoring and leadership. He is also part-owner of the Green Bay Packers Football Team.



Charles David Tauber, M.D. is a founder of the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace and has been its Head of Mission for Southeast Europe since 1995. He developed Pragmatic Empowerment Training (PET), a participatory course in communication, psychology, civil society, non-violent conflict transformation, and human rights for people without previous education in these fields. He has given therapy and supervision to victims of war. Previously, Tauber worked with various groups in The Netherlands, assisting asylum seekers and refugees and lay volunteers. He grew up in the USA, where he worked with environmental and peace groups starting in 1966.



Sandra Marić, grew up and studied in Zagreb, Croatia. Before joining to the Coalition for Work with Psychodrama and Peace as Deputy Head of Mission for Southeast Europe in 2006, she worked extensively with children and young people in eastern Croatia. Sandra holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Her role with the Coalition includes therapy, research, writing, and a wide variety of other Coalition tasks.