Spotlight on ILA Group Members

ILA members are doing amazing leadership work around the world from starting new degree programs to nurturing young people who make a difference in university settings; from running innovative workshops and seminars to mentoring tomorrow's leaders. We are pleased to shine an ILA spotlight on the programs of our members. If you would like to nominate yourself or another to be featured on these pages, please contact ILA at

Recent Spotlights on ILA Group Members

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August 2016
The Center for Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University
What are you passionate about?" asks Dr. Jim Ludema, director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership (CVDL), as he and his faculty colleagues at Benedictine University guide their executive doctoral students through the process of selecting a dissertation topic. The answers vary widely, and have included topics as far-ranging as how to make a smooth midlife transition; how executives can lead through bipolar disorder; the role of love in creating flourishing communities; and how CEOs can maximize both shareholder and stakeholder value.
Student on Alternative Spring Break

March 2016
Mary Washington's Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service
We all know leadership is the "in" thing in higher education these days with university and college websites overflowing with programs claiming to teach, train, or educate about leadership in a host of settings. Integrity and service are often discussed as part of these programs. Sometimes they are peer concepts and other times they are either a subset of, or vehicle for, learning and practicing leadership knowledge and skills. When the University of Mary Washington, located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, decided to develop its own program we took a little bit different direction. Four years ago the university decided to reimagine the approach to leadership and these sister concepts and created the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service.

January 2016
Liautaud Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago
Do you ever wonder why some very smart people stop flourishing? It may come down to mindset or mental attitude, which can be more important for success than IQ. Fortunately, as it turns out, mindset, often defined as an established set of attitudes, may not be so set, according to Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford.

January 2016
The Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders (DINL)
The Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders (DINL) is an ILA Group Member, founded with the strategic aim of transforming how students are developed as leaders in all top tier colleges and universities. In accepting the Doerr's $50M donation, Rice committed to the proposition that all of its 6200 graduate and undergraduate students should be offered a compelling, professionally-executed leader development experience of a scope and scale unprecedented among major universities. We see our work not as extra-curricular, but co-curricular — we pay attention to academic program objectives and integrate university-wide to help faculty as they develop students, and help students develop themselves. DINL is accomplishing these aims through three broad leader development initiatives — Strategic Integration, Leveraging Rice Culture, and Direct Development. As you read through the initiatives, imagine how our world might be different if every college and university took this approach.

September 2015
Leadership Development Centre (LDC), New Zealand
"'Chief executives in New Zealand are really smart people,' said Rosemary Hannah-Parr, Chief Executive, Leadership Development Centre (LDC). 'They own and govern a purpose built agency — the Leadership Development Centre — to partner with them on delivering the development for great leaders in the public service.'

'LDC's leadership development approach focuses on experiential and collective learning and working on real-life big-system projects,' Rosemary added. 'We want our leaders to broaden their perspective and experience across the public sector. For example, participants in our Leadership Development Programme (LDP) — designed to further develop senior leaders' effectiveness — work together on actual system-projects that are relevant and will positively impact the delivery of public services.' "

May 2015
Netherlands Ministry of Defence, Centre of Excellence for Leadership Development
The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MOD) is deployable for peace and security anywhere and at all times. In today's national and international context, the MOD's work is becoming increasingly complex and uncertain, involving greater and greater cooperation with other parties. This requires customized leadership, both in the peacetime organization and during deployments. In addition, new ways of working and the next generation of personnel call for different styles of leadership.

MOD's Centre of Excellence for Leadership Development stimulates today's military leaders to an increasing extent to inspire rather than monitor, to listen rather than speak, and to build bridges rather than persuade. The 21st century military leaders are trained both on their skills and in their character.

April 2015
African Leadership Academy (ALA) Johannesburg, South Africa
The African Leadership Academy (ALA) brings together the most promising 16-19 year-old leaders from Africa and beyond for an innovative two-year educational program designed to prepare each student for a lifetime of leadership on the continent. ALA will transform Africa by identifying future leaders with potential; creating learning environments that develop intellectual and leadership capabilities through practice; and building a network that connects these leaders to opportunities that accelerate their trajectory.

December 2014
Centennial Center for Leadership
at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The CCL is a rapidly growing office at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a small, private, liberal arts institution in Geneva, NY. The CCL's endowment was secured in 2008 and a building on South Main Street was renovated to house its operation. Early initiators wanted the office to offer opportunities that fostered leadership learning for HWS students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. The CCL was placed organizationally in academic affairs with a direct reporting line to the provost. Consequently, it has been dedicated to academic enrichment as well as applied learning experiences from its inception.