Leadership for the Greater Good:

Global Thought Leaders Explore Today's Challenges

ILA’s blog launched in March 2020 amid a world struggling to make sense of the pandemic, racial inequality, and challenges to democracy. We charge our bloggers to apply their leadership knowledge and practical wisdom to inform and inspire us as we continued our work of advancing leadership knowledge and practice for a better world. Bloggers include authors from 12 countries spanning 5 continents.

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What Just Happened in UK Politics?

Richard Bolden reflects on the recent turmoil in UK politics from the perspective of a leadership researcher and educator, considering the case from the individual, organizational, and societal perspectives.

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The War in Ukraine & Leadership as an Essentially Contested Concept

In order to stop the war in Ukraine, we have to understand why different people have radically diverse understandings of what’s happening. In this blog, ILA Fellow Keith Grint examines how the war is not just about land or people or history, it is about our understandings of leadership.

Seeking Human Kindness

A Systems Approach to Tackling Severe and Multiple Disadvantage

ILA Fellow Richard Bolden discusses his work leading an independent evaluation of Bristol Golden Key, a collaborative partnership project designed to transform services for people with multiple complex needs such as homelessness and substance misuse. His research reveals how seven key aspects of the program helped to facilitate systems change.

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Leading From Stillness

Leaders can learn to lead from a place of stillness – recognizing their own potential to react to situations and seeking to be free of clouded judgement by remaining open and aware of what is happening.

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Leading With Care: What’s Stopping Us?

Leah Tomkins joins those who advocate for the importance of leading with care. She surfaces why the language and emotions of care often make people feel uncomfortable and how this can make care seem irrelevant or unnecessary for leadership and leadership development.

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The Day After the End of the Russian War in Ukraine

Nations too often create alliances to secure the survival of only some selected countries and not the totality of humanity. In doing so, they sabotage the security that they seek for themselves and others, creating greater global insecurity.

Build Back Better… With Care and Compassion

As governments and organisations around the world seek to “build back better” from the Covid-19 pandemic, Richard Bolden stresses the importance of making time and space for recovery — where leaders and others can experience the care and compassion needed to help them heal from the physical and emotional exhaustion that permeates our workplaces and communities.

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The Power of Belief, The Triumph of Voice

ILA Fellow Katherine Tyler Scott discusses the re-emergence of autocratic leadership around the world and its ties to societal anxiety before exploring Ukrainian President Zelensky’s ability to use his voice to encapsulate the universal yearning of humanity to live free.

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Putinology

How long will the Russian people put up with Putin’s aggression in Ukraine? In an authoritarian state, you need the support of the elite. As living standards begin to fall and more Russian and Ukrainian lives are lost, Matt Qvortrup, an expert on comparative democracy, argues that Putin’s position will become more and more precarious.

ILA’s Leadership for the Greater Good blog is supported via a grant from the MetLife Foundation.