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2018 Plenaries

ILA conferences have a reputation for depth, breadth, and excellence. Each conference offers plenary speakers with diverse roots, unique perspectives, and innovative approaches to leadership. Leadership Scholars share recent research and developments in the field while Business Leaders delve into their challenges and triumphs, lighting a path to best practices, and Public Leaders & Change-Agents explore the impacts effective leadership has on individuals and communities in their own backyard and around the world. Plenary speakers at ILA's annual global conference share their passion for leadership with a global community.


Barbara Kellerman Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School Donna Ladkin Donna Ladkin, Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Graduate School of Management, Plymouth University
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Barbara Kellerman



Barbara KellermanBarbara Kellerman is a quintessential scholar of leadership. Approaching leadership from multiple disciplines, she delights in poking and prodding to see what turns up and then synthesizing her observations and analyses into books filled with big ideas discussing overarching, sweeping trends in leadership and followership. Her books — including, Hard Times; The End of Leadership; Leadership: Essential Selections; Followership; Women & Leadership; and Bad Leadership, among others — have challenged existing orthodoxies and created new contours to guide the field forward. Kellerman, who frequently earns titles like “Top 50 Business Thinkers” (Forbes.com) or “World’s Top 30 Management Professionals” (Ranked 13th by Global Gurus), is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review and she frequently appears on the BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and NPR. Her forthcoming book is Professionalizing Leadership.

Donna Ladkin



Donna LadkinDonna Ladkin's background in philosophy and organizational leadership has led her to literally rethink the field of leadership. Her book, Rethinking Leadership: A New Look at Old Leadership Questions, provocatively explores the fundamental questions of leadership with an insistence that the questions we should be asking are ones we know we are not going to get to the bottom of. Her most recent books — Mastering the Ethical Dimensions of Organizations and The Physicality of Leadership — are the results of her ongoing research and interest in the aesthetic and material dimensions of ethical organizations and how art-based methods can be used to educate managers. Authentic Leadership: Clashes, Convergences and Coalescences, a 2013 volume co-edited with Chellie Spiller, speaks to the theme of ILA’s 2018 global conference, and turns the notion of Authentic Leadership inside out by examining it in terms of the fluidity of the concept of self and the orientation toward leadership as a relationship.