An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Professionalizing Leadership

Presenters: Barbara Kellerman and Dennis C. Roberts

Date:  5 December 2018

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Join leadership guru and provocateur, Barbara Kellerman, for a discussion around professionalizing leadership. Kellerman will share her findings that leadership generally is treated like an occupation, not a profession or even a vocation. Instead of being taught quickly and casually, leadership should be taught like a profession, like, for example, medicine and law. Kellerman suggests that learning to lead should be based on the following sequence: leadership education, leadership training, and leadership development. According to Kellerman, “This is not rocket science, nor is it a model impossible to emulate.” She offers the U.S. military as a template for how to teach how to lead – a template that, without being adhered to in every specific, provides a framework for other leadership programs carefully to consider.

Speaker Information

Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Founding Executive Director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership. Kellerman was honored with ILA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. She is author and editor of many books including The End of Leadership (2012) and Hard Times: Leadership in America (2014). Ranked for the past four years by Global Gurus as among the top 20 “World’s Top 30 Management Professionals,” Kellerman has appeared often on media outlets such as CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review. Her most recent book, Professionalizing Leadership, was published in March 2018 by Oxford University Press. She blogs regularly at

Dennis (Denny) C. Roberts is an author, speaker, and independent consultant. He last served as Assistant Vice President of Education for Qatar Foundation. Prior to working abroad, he was Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Miami University. He has been a member of the International Leadership Association from its founding and is a former President of the American College Personnel Association. He is the author of five books and a variety of book chapters and journal articles. His first book, Student Leadership Programs in Higher Education (1981), proposed a model for comprehensive extracurricular and cocurricular student leadership learning.

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