Call for Proposals: Building Leadership Bridges (BLB)

Each volume of Building Leadership Bridges (BLB) captures the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, and educators working in the field of leadership. In keeping with the mission of the ILA, the BLB series connects ways of researching, imagining, and experiencing leadership. The Building Leadership Bridges series is published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley. Questions about BLB or our current Call for Proposals can be sent to Debra DeRuyver at dderuyver@ila-net.org.

2015 & 2016 CFP Details

2015 & 2016 CFP DEADLINE:
Submit max 1,200 word proposal/summary to either BLB 2015 or BLB 2016 by June 20, 2014

Please download the complete CFP of the book you are interested in for its submission guidelines and details. Send proposal submissions electronically as a WORD DOCUMENT (do not send PDF) to ILA c/o Debra DeRuyver at dderuyver@ila-net.org by 11:59 PM EDT June 20, 2014. Be sure to clearly indicate on your cover page which book you are submitting to.

2015 volume in the ILA's BLB book series

LEADERSHIP 2050:
Contextualizing Global Leadership Processes for the Future

Read the complete 2015 CFP prior to submission (pdf)

Matthew Sowcik, Editor
Tony Andenoro, Mindy McNutt, and Susan Murphy, Associate Editors


The International Leadership Association invites you to submit your work on the theme, Leadership 2050: Contextualizing Global Leadership Processes for the Future for the 2015 volume in the Building Leadership Bridges (BLB) series. Leadership 2050 will be published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley with an expected publication date of August 2015.

Responses to natural disasters, the emergence of leadership in joint public/private ventures, integrity at all levels of government, the technology revolution, an aging global population, the rise of new economic powers, youth culture, and the impact of rapid globalization, are just a few examples of contexts impacting the leadership process and the fluid interaction between leaders and followers. Foresight and our ability to forecast what contexts and issues will define leadership in the future can provide a valuable roadmap to those studying and practicing leadership. Looking toward the future also provides opportunities to think about the question, "Leadership for what?" Over the next 35 years, how can leadership move to mitigate and address the complex adaptive challenges that we will face as a global population? If we can begin to answer this question and identify the major challenges shaping leadership theory, thought, and application in the future, we can better understand the critical role leadership can play in this changing landscape.

Leadership 2050: Contextualizing Global Leadership Processes for the Future will explore emerging contexts and issues and how they will influence, and in turn be influenced by, leaders, followers, and the leadership process over the next 35 years. The book will serve as a resource that brings together scholarly essays, practitioner approaches and experiences, and creative expressions addressing this theme. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of leadership, all fields of scholarly work are encouraged including, but not limited to, traditional scholarly papers, personal narratives, ethnographies, plays, and poetry. Collaborations across professional roles, sectors, disciplines, generations, cultures, etc. are encouraged. All submissions should look to add to the breadth and depth of the body of knowledge on future contexts and the leadership process by providing works that are supported by theoretical, philosophical, and/or disciplinary grounding.

Submission Timeline

  • Preliminary acceptance based on your 1,200 word proposal will be announced July 11, 2014.

  • Complete submissions will be due on or before September 15, 2014. Final acceptance into the volume will depend upon the way the authors develop their submissions, respond to initial input from the editors, and meet deadlines.

2016 volume in the ILA's BLB book series

LEADERSHIP FOR A HEALTHY WORLD:
Creative Social Change


Read the complete 2016 CFP prior to submission (pdf)

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, Editor
John Eric Baugher, Karin Jironet, and Lena Lid-Falkman, Associate Editors


The International Leadership Association invites you to submit your work on the theme, Leadership for a Healthy World for the 2016 volume of ILA's annual Building Leadership Bridges (BLB) series. Leadership for a Healthy World will be published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley with an expected publication date of March 2016.

How do people lead communities, organizations, and societies toward sustainable health? What do we mean when we say "a healthy organization," and how do such organizations contribute to societal and planetary health? How do leaders generate a way of being with people that fosters creativity and openness to change? How do governmental organizations contribute to such an emerging reality? How do we develop platforms for collaboration across institutions and cultures, since the problems we face seem intractable to solutions within those institutions?

The ILA's 2016 BLB volume will address the role of leadership in catalyzing and influencing collective action in reshaping systems so as to generate macro-societal shifts towards a healthier world. It will encourage exploration of systemic change related to societal health and global sustainability at all levels — intrapersonal, interpersonal, team, organizational, and societal. We invite chapters that examine how conscious, intelligent, and compassionate leadership can foster the relationships, processes, and structures conducive to a healthy world.

Submission Timeline

  • We plan to make decisions on preliminary acceptance and send out notifications on or about August 10, 2014.

  • Complete submissions will be due on or before March 30, 2015. Final acceptance into the volume will depend upon the way the authors develop their submissions, respond to initial input from the editors, and meet deadlines.

  • Authors will receive final acceptance and possible requests for revision on or about May 15, 2015.

  • Final revisions are expected back to the editors no later than June 20, 2015.

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