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25 Years of Advancing Leadership

The International Leadership Association is the professional home of a global community of leaders and leadership researchers, educators, and development specialists who believe that leadership is the key to a just and thriving future for all people. For 25 years, the ILA has advanced the study and practice of leadership by creating opportunities for members to connect and engage with one another to explore innovative ideas, create new resources, and multiply our collective impact.

The 2024 ILA Global Conference Call for Proposals Is Now Open!

We invite you to submit a proposal for this year’s Global Conference, “Architects of Change: Leaders, Followers, and Communities,” which will take place 7-10 November in Chicago, located on lands that are the traditional homelands of the Anishinaabe, or the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. Submit your proposal before the deadline of 31 March, 11:59 PM EDT.

ILA Membership is for Scholars Coaches Professors Managers Deans Students You!


Bring your team to the ILA with our Organizational Membership package for 4 or more members.  

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Build your global network by becoming an ILA member today!


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ILA Leadership
Education Academy

29 July – 1 August 2024
College Park, MD, USA

26th ILA
Global Conference

7 – 10 November 2024
Chicago, IL, USA

ILA Leadership Education Academy

29 July – 1 August 2024
College Park, MD, USA

26th ILA Global Conference

7 - 10 November 2024
Chicago, IL, USA

7th Women in Leadership Conference

11-14 June 2024
Brescia University College
London, Ontario, CA

Upcoming Webinars

Leadership Journeys Webinar. Advancing Leadership Programs Via Executive Coaching. With Dr. Carolyn Stefanco, Founder and CEO Baret Consulting

Advancing Leadership Programs Via Executive Coaching

Live Webinar Wednesday 17 July 2024, 11am, EDT (UTC-4). Dr. Carolyn Stefanco will share her leadership journey and how she draws from the many roles she has held to support the success of executive coaching clients in their current positions and as they advance into higher levels of leadership in colleges and universities, nonprofits, and health systems.

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Latest Leadership Learnings

Latest Leadership Learnings
Phronesis Practical Wisdom for Leaders Podcast -Episode 228 - Dr. Nadir Zafar & Dr. Michael Yap - Developing Leaders in Singapore The official Podcast of the International Leadership Association

Developing Leaders in Singapore

Scott discusses leadership development, cultural intelligence, and global mindset in Singapore with Dr. Nadir Zafar, Director of the Singapore Leaders Network, and ILA Board member Dr. Michael Yap, Regional Managing Director – Singapore Hub for Coventry University’s Doctor of Business Administration.

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Care-Full Leadership

In this blog, ILA Fellow Keith Grint explores whether looking after followers (caring for them) is the key to leadership success. In his analysis he explores both Servant Leadership and Compassionate Leadership as historical and contemporary examples of Care-full Leadership.

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Book Series

ILA’s book series offer the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of scholars, educators, and practitioners working around the globe. In keeping with the mission of the ILA, the book series build connections between how people research, enact, and experience leadership to advance leadership knowledge and practice for a just and thriving future.