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Authentic Leadership for Progress, Peace & Prosperity

Deadline: 1 February 2018

The 2018 ILA global conference theme invites examinations of Authentic Leadership through the lens of “leadership for what?” It is intended to foster a timely and important exploration in this era of fake news by considering how authentic leaders can engage with their followers and stakeholders to create a future that embraces progress, fosters peace, and creates prosperity for the greater good of the global community.

We are especially keen for interconnective, cross-sector submissions that navigate the nexus of leadership theory and practice, combining perspectives in creative and imaginative ways to illuminate meaningful, gritty, and compelling possibilities. Alternative and emergent voices and new research sharing fresh streams of possibilities are especially welcome. These perspectives have the potential to be the wellspring of new and alternative thought to ripple and disturb our current assumptions about leading in authentic ways in a world that can sometimes feel quite inauthentic.

Reflecting the ILA’s diverse community, the conference program will be organized around six tracks (Business Leadership, Leadership Development, Leadership Education, Leadership Scholarship, Public Leadership, and Youth Leadership). Each track invites submissions either on the theme or on other ground-breaking work in the field of leadership. Please join with others and send your submission for a panel, workshop, symposium, paper, presentation, roundtable discussion, or poster by February 1.

A peninsula jutting into the ocean, Florida provides an interesting backdrop to explore the intersecting trajectories of authenticity, progress, peace, and prosperity. Juxtaposed alongside natural wonders that include extensive coral reefs, the world's deepest freshwater spring, and the Everglades are icons of progress such as Walt Disney’s Epcot Center and Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center. As we consider leadership challenges around the world, these juxtapositions starkly highlight the UN Sustainable Development Goals that aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity and peace for all. How can we best play our parts?

Like the centuries old science of wayfinding, authentic leadership requires that leaders become explorers of their world, noticing and shining light upon that which is not seen, to go beyond the known and journey on voyages of discovery to new horizons. This is rarely a linear path and unexpected variables come from all angles, challenging leaders to find the best route to the goal while maintaining the support of their followers, stakeholders, or constituents. Join coaches, consultants, educators, executives, researchers, scholars and others immersed in revealing a way of leadership and being in the world that is considered ‘authentic’. To each of you we ask: What is the latest practice in your space? Where do you see this field heading?

Rather than just talk about Authentic Leadership, our gathering as a community is also a timely opportunity to pause and engage with questions of our own motivations and contributions as leaders in our fields. What are our values? What do we stand for? What is the difference that we are trying to make? How can we maximize our individual and collective impact in service of the greater good? We encourage submissions that explore how authentic leadership can help deepen discernment about what is really going on, enabling leaders to be more responsive to subtle shifts and nuances and developing integrative thinking and perceptiveness–the ability to see connections, make sense of complexity, and create solutions that foster progress, peace, and prosperity.

As we stand on our multi-cultural, multi-situational, multi-disciplinary, and contextual islands it may seem we are worlds apart with oceans of difference between us, especially in the exploration of leading authentically. While our islands may be said to offer a stable grounding, the ocean is a field that connects us. It is the spaces in between that offer enormous potential for discovery. Towards that end, we encourage integrative sessions that enable the tyranny of ‘or’ to be replaced with the wisdom of ‘and’. Explore the dialectics, concordances, and paradoxes of this year’s theme or your area of passion. Team up with someone who you believe yourself to be at odds with and together curate the space for important dialogue and discussion. Avoid getting trapped on islands that separate and instead use ILA 2018 to dwell in the spaces in between the perplexities and complexities of authentic leadership.

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Audy JohnstonAudy Johnston, 2018 ILA Global Conference Program Co-Chair, Associate Professor, MacArthur School of Leadership, Palm Beach Atlantic University

About Audy Johnston

Audy Johnston Audy Johnston designed her career within the legal world as a nationally certified paralegal in various legal arenas. After earning her Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership, with a minor in Human Resource Development at Palm Beach Atlantic University in the MacArthur School of Leadership, her passion shifted to being an educator in higher education within the MacArthur School of Leadership. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Management and Leadership. As a result of her own academic journeys as a female returning to college later in life she has devoted her time in higher education to building supportive academic relationships with her advisees and especially with adult females returning to college later in life to fulfill a lifelong academic dream or goal. Through her dissertation research she has acquired a deeper appreciation and understanding of this marginalized group of adult females and the importance of sharing our lived experiences in order to inspire and motivate others who may not have a voice. As she wrote in her 2017 PhD dissertation, it is a journey that has been traveled by many, but there remains much to be done to facilitate the successful academic journey of those who come after.

Johnston has traveled extensively over the last ten years, as well as participate in and conducted directed international studies, in Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and South America in conjunction with the International Studies Programs and the Rinker School of Business. Moreover, Dr. Johnston has attended the International Leadership Association global conferences in Montreal, San Diego, Barcelona, Atlanta and Brussels. She has participate in the GSLC Leading Change Symposium and PhDLC International Residency in Brussels 2017. Dr. Johnston also presented at AIBSW Conference in New Orleans, at The International Leadership Association Women in Leadership Affinity Group Inaugural Conference in Asilomar, California, as well as at the International Leadership Association 17th Annual Global Conference in Barcelona, Spain, and served as a chair of a conference session in Brussels 2017.

Johnston has developed multiple undergraduate organizational management courses for the MacArthur School of Leadership, participated in the MacArthur School of Leadership Leadership Institute initiative, currently enjoys student mentoring and providing leadership opportunities for adult students, serves on various University and the MacArthur School of Leadership committees. In additional she has served the University as a Senator, Chair of the Ethics Committee, as Vice-President of the Faculty Senate, and currently serves as President of the Faculty Senate. She has co-authored and published The Development and Progress of Female Leadership in the UAE, as well as The Journey of the Women of India Toward Empowerment, with Dr. Ann Langlois. Dr. Johnston was also selected to serve as Program Co-Chair for the 2018 International Leadership Association Global Conference based on the theme of Authentic Leadership for Progress, Peace & Prosperity.


Chellie SpillerChellie Spiller, 2018 ILA Global Conference Program Co-Chair; Associate Professor, University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand; Co-Editor, Authentic Leadership: Concepts, Coalescences and Clashes

About Chellie Spiller

Chellie Spiller Chellie Spiller is an associate professor at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand.

Chellie is a passionate and committed advocate for leadership development. Her vision is to create relational wellbeing and wealth across spiritual, environmental, social, cultural and economic dimensions, enabling them to claim their rightful place in the world, and to embody their sense of self.

In 2013 she co-edited Reflections on Authentic Leadership: Concepts, Coalescences and Clashes with Professor Donna Ladkin which features international scholars and practitioners from the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, leadership, business and the arts. Donna and Chellie have continued to write together including an article for Leadership exploring a Jungian based approach to understanding authentic leadership.

Chellie is a co-author of the book Wayfinding Leadership: Ground-breaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders, with Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and John Panoho, published in 2015. 'Wayfinding Leadership' training programmes are growing and are currently being taught in a variety of domains such as Air New Zealand's middle management training programme, Global Women's Breakthrough Leadership course, the judiciary and in the health sector.

Chellie's leadership qualities are nourished by her academic achievements. Chellie was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Arizona. She is a recipient of a Research Excellence Award, Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award and National Māori Academic Excellence Award. Chellie is also co-editor of the book Indigenous spiritualties at work:

She has over thirty years of corporate experience in tourism, finance and marketing, holding senior executive positions in New Zealand and abroad, Chellie brings this experience to her leadership within academic work within leadership and management development programmes.