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.

2015 Volume of BLB

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What kind of leaders will the world need over the next thirty-five years? How will our knowledge of leadership, leadership development, and leadership education change? Leadership 2050 examines the issues, drivers, and contexts that will most likely influence leaders and followers over the next thirty-five years. The book begins with a short section delving into foresight analysis, strategic foresight, and scenario planning. The second section looks at the most pressing contexts and most wicked problems facing future leaders ranging from population growth and urbanization, climate change and resource competition. How can leaders create common cause and meet these issues with an eye toward peace, sustainability, and social justice? Specific emerging trends such as polyarchical structures and gamification are discussed. The book concludes with a series of chapters, each providing a unique way of viewing the critical challenges facing leaders and each offering ways to develop the skillsets and capacities needed to work on solutions to these challenges. Themes of understanding interconnectedness, complexity, and true innovation pervade this final section of the volume.

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Past Volumes in the Series

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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