Building Leadership Bridges Book Series

ILA’s Building Leadership Bridges series captures the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, and educators working around the globe. In keeping with the mission of the ILA, the book series builds connections between how people research, imagine, and experience leadership across cultures. Building Leadership Bridges is published by Emerald Group Publishing.

Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World (Emerald Group Publishing, 2016)


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Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World (Emerald Group Publishing) asks readers to consider, "What is my role in creating healthy organizations and a healthy world?" and then provides them with the frameworks and tools to explore that challenge, finding a path through the complexities of today and taking action and contributing to what works. The book proposes practical questions that can be used for dialogue and action among leaders, policy makers, corporate sustainability officers, and organizational consultants as they consider the interconnections between leadership and sustainability and between the long-term viability of the planet and organizational development.

Creative Social Change is rooted in interviews with five prominent thought leaders — Robert Quinn, Otto Scharmer, Edgar Schein, Peter Senge, and Margaret Wheatley — who discuss their work in organizational and societal development. Readers will then discover contributions on what is needed for change from longstanding creative scholar-practitioners, such as Riane Eisler and Karl-Henrik Robèrt, as well as new voices. The book concludes with several case studies from around the world (including Latin America, Asia, the United States, New Zealand, and Africa) that readers can thoughtfully consider.

According to Editor Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, "In the face of any human or cultural tendencies to focus on what doesn't work, we can choose to contribute to what does, to planting seeds for the future. Perhaps this is core to health: finding ways to appreciate the current moment while contributing to people and actions that we sense to be towards life, rather than focusing on making do, making money, or doing what we believe to be required of us."

Unlike organizational effectiveness, which suggests something that works really well like a machine or a computer, organizational health is more fitting for our living, humanly-constructed societies—communities with heart and consciousness. No one would wish for ineffective action or leadership, but effectiveness on its own does not create a vital, dynamic organization, community, or world. If you, your organization, or your community is investing in leadership and sustainability, this book is for you.

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Past Volumes in the Series

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Leadership 2050: Critical Challenges, Key Contexts, and Emerging Trends
Editors: Matthew Sowcik, Anthony C. Andenoro, Mindy McNutt, and Susan Elaine Murphy
(Emerald Group Publishing 2015)


What kind of leaders will the world need over the next thirty-five years? Leadership 2050 examines the issues, drivers, and contexts that will most likely influence leaders and followers as we approach 2050. The book begins by delving into foresight analysis, strategic foresight, and scenario planning to frame how we look toward the future and then lays out the most pressing contexts and challenges facing future leaders. How can leaders create common cause and meet issues such as population growth and climate change with an eye toward peace, sustainability, and social justice? The closing chapters offer emerging pathways leaders can explore to help them meet tomorrow's challenges today.

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Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity
Editors: Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, John Eric Baugher, Karin Jironet, and Lena Lid-Falkman
(Jossey-Bass/Wiley 2014)


Presenting the perspectives of leaders, social scientists, and educators from around the world – including Otto Scharmer, Subhanu Saxena, Susan Skjei, and more - on the topic of developing inner wisdom, this volume encourages leaders to reflect on their own lives and work to address difficult global systems challenges.

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The Embodiment of Leadership
Editors: Lois Ruskai Melina, Gloria J. Burgess, Lena Lid Falkman and Antonio Marturano
(Jossey-Bass/Wiley 2013)

Integrating critical theory with authentic leadership development, this volume explores the notion that leadership is both a discursive practice and a performative identity.


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Leading in Complex Worlds
Editors: JoAnn Danelo Barbour, Gloria J. Burgess, Lena Lid Falkman and Robert M. McManus

(Jossey-Bass/Wiley 2012)

To lead in complex worlds means leading in the balance between moments of routine and moments of uncertainty, between the places of practice and the places of performance. Leading complexly meets complexity with adaptive, flexible, multicultural, multimodal, multisensory, multirelational approaches.

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Leadership for Transformation
Editors: JoAnn Danelo Barbour and Gill Robinson Hickman
(Jossey-Bass/Wiley 2011)


Transformative change is the result of many acts, large and small, carried about by many individuals in many locales. What are those acts? Who are the actors? What is the process of leadership for transformation and where and how does it occur? This volume examines these and other questions.

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Also Available from ILA

BLB 2008 BLB 2006 BLB 2002 BLB 2001
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Global Leadership: Portraits of the Past, Visions for the Future Leadership at the Crossroads Proceedings from ILA 2001 in Miami Proceedings from ILA 2000 in Toronto

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BLB 2007 BLB 2005 BLB 2004 BLB 2003
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Leadership: Impact, Culture, and Sustainability Emergent Models of Global Leadership Proceedings from ILA 2003 in Guadalajara Proceedings from ILA 2002 in Seattle