Accessing Journals

ILA members enjoy free online access to the journals below. Follow the "Free Access" link below and login with your ILA member credentials when prompted, then follow the link from the member access page to go directly to the journal.

Leadership Journals from ILA

ILA publishes or offers its members many types of leadership journals; scroll down or follow these in-page links to learn more.

Leadership and the Humanities

In partnership with Edward Elgar Publishing, the ILA offers members free online access to the Leadership and the Humanities. This peer-reviewed, international journal is dedicated to advancing understanding of, research on, and applications concerning leadership. The journal publishes explorations of leadership from many disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, ethics, religion, history, psychology, arts, literature, drama, film, ancient and modern languages, classics, communication and media studies, anthropology, political science, and sociology. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. The journal welcomes studies of leaders and leadership in many different settings, in fiction and art, and across different times, places, and cultures. This may include studies of formal as well as informal leaders, and it may focus on followers, organizations, and the context of leadership, or on symbolic representations and depictions of leadership. Research that stresses the diversity of leadership across gender, race, class, religion, and age are encouraged.

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Journal of Leadership Studies

In partnership with Jossey-Bass/Wiley, the ILA offers members free online access to the Journal of Leadership Studies.  Launched in 2007, the mission of the Journal of Leadership Studies is to publish leadership research and theoretical contributions that bridge the gap between scholarship and practice and that exemplify critical inquiry into contemporary organizational issues and paradigms. The journal promotes interdisciplinary and interorganizational theory, fostering dialogue that transcends industry specific contexts and that explores leadership's role in improving organizational practices and human life. Published material in the journal includes research-based and theoretical papers that explicitly address leadership on various social, cultural, and organizational contexts. The journal incorporates contributions from business, non-profit organizations, government entities, education, and health care; however, the emphasis on leadership theory and practice spans the boundaries between these settings to promote discussions that center on human activity and interrelations. Accordingly, material published in the journal represents a wide range of methodological approaches and theoretical foundations of leadership.

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Free Online Leadership Journals

These free online journals are supported by ILA members and frequently publish the work of ILA members. For more information follow the links below. Have a journal to add? Contact ILA at

Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership (CJIL)
CJIL is a double-blind online open-access journal with a mission to "spread knowledge, understanding, and dialogue of interdisciplinary leadership with a special focus on social justice."

Integral Leadership Review (ILR)
ILR serves "leaders, professionals and academics engaged in the practice, development and theory of leadership. It bridges multiple perspectives by drawing on integral, transdisciplinary, complexity and developmental frameworks."

International Journal of Educational Leadership and Management (IJELM)
IJELM publishes research from multidisciplinary perspectives with the aim of improving leadership in the administration of educational institutions.

International Journal of Leadership Studies (IJLS)
IJLS is a refereed scholarly journal that publishes "theoretically grounded research that enhances knowledge and understanding of the phenomenon of leadership at all levels within a variety of industries and organizations."

Journal of Applied Christian Leadership (JACL)
JACL "seeks to engage Christian leaders and scholars in a forward-looking dialogue about how to practice leadership in the light of ongoing research taking place across denominational, cultural, and disciplinary environments."

Journal of Character and Leadership Development (JCLD)
JCLD is "focused on facilitating scholarship and dialogue around the development of character and leadership."

Journal of Leadership Education (JOLE)
JOLE provides "opportunities for dialogue, evolving discourse, and engagement about the discipline or leadership. The journal serves as a forum to share teaching advancements, research innovation, and application."

Leadership Excellence Essentials (LEE)
LEE shares "the latest and greatest leadership solutions from the World's top leaders, consultants, and trainers - plus development guides, plans, and additional tools designed to turn those solutions into an action plan."

Leadership HQ Magazine
LHQM is a new magazine for leaders that "will inspire you to go further and achieve more than you ever thought possible." It includes "the latest insights in the business world" and "up-to-date strategies," and "real-life stories of inspirational people" in the world of business leadership.

Mid-Atlantic Leadership Review (MLR)
MLR is "an online, peer-reviewed, leadership studies journal based at Christopher Newport University. Its focus is to publish high-quality research articles written by CNU students and other undergraduate students from around the country."

Theology of Leadership Journal
The Theology of Leadership Journal seeks to be a primary repository and resource for the development of a Christian theology of leadership through rigorous research that addresses practical application.