Interface - The Newsletter of the International Leadership Association

Interface. The name evokes those spaces and boundaries where our work touches each other’s. Where theory and practice meet, shake hands, and learn from one another. It honors the fact that the ILA’s membership includes people located in many, and often multiple, independent systems — scholars and researchers, educators and students, coaches and consultants, NGO and public leaders, administrators and executives — who all Interface in the ILA around their commitment to fostering better leadership worldwide. Distributed every second and fourth Thursday, Interface shares articles highlighting association news and work being done by other ILA members. Regular columns include, among others, our behind-the-pages leadership Author Interviews, PAUSE for Pedagogy, Method Moments, Member Spotlights, and Field Reports. If you have an idea for an article in Interface, please email ILA Communications Director Debra DeRuyver at

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ILA Interface - The Newsletter of the International Leadership Association
13 September 2018
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Professionalizing Leadership

Dennis Roberts calls Barbara Kellerman’s new book Professionalizing Leadership, “a kick in the intellectual pants.” Read this dynamic conversation between Roberts, someone who spent his life working in leadership education, and Kellerman, leadership’s provocateur-in-chief. Kellerman will also be giving a keynote on “Standards” at ILA’s upcoming conference this October in West Palm Beach. Learn more here and view her video invitation to the event.
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Chellie Spiller delivers a TEDx talk
Embodied Authentic Leadership

Don’t miss this special preconference workshop on Wednesday 24 October, hosted by #ILA2018WPB keynote speaker Donna Ladkin and program co-chair Chellie Spiller, which will offer a unique opportunity for participants to explore the central role their bodies play in creating an experience of authentic leadership. Register for as little as $45 (registration to the conference as a whole is NOT required) and enjoy an in-depth, intensive experience with these two authentic leadership experts. Learn more about Donna in this recent interview and about Chellie from a TEDx talk.
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PAUSE for Pedagogy

“Leadership PhotoVoice: Application in Action” Jackie Bruce takes you into an online classroom utilizing PhotoVoice as a tool to understand and make meaning of abstract leadership theories. Read the actual assignment and a sample response received along with tips on how to utilize PhotoVoice in your own leadership classroom. The article is accompanied by a video interview between Jackie and Dan Jenkins, column editor.
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Performer at Peoples' Voice Cafe
Peoples’ Voice Cafe

In this month's Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change column, Stephen Suffet takes readers behind the scenes at the Peoples' Voice Cafe, a unique “volunteer run, collectively governed” organization that "provides a platform for the artistic expression of a wide variety of humanitarian matters and concerns." Suffet discusses recent transitions such as the creation of a board of directors and their impact on the cafe's practice of horizontal leadership.
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ILA Lima Highlights!

ILA’s topical conferences provide an opportunity to create spaces for topic-specific leadership dialogue and discourse as well as pathways for new knowledge and innovative practice to be explored and new connections to be made. Read about the conference, explore links to resources, and meet some of the ILA members whose curiosity, creativity, courage, and compassion bring to life the idea of bridging theory and practice to create a deeper understanding of leadership for the greater good. If you’re planning to attend #ILA2018WPB, be sure to attend the Latin Leadership Global Scholars Networking Dinner to join and continue the conversation!
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Links to Past Issues

Interface launched January 12, 2017. To view earlier issues of the ILA member newsletter, please visit the Member Connector Archive

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26 July 2018

12 July 2018

14 June 2018

17 May 2018

26 April 2018

12 April 2018

29 March 2018

15 March 2018

1 March 2018

15 February 2018

25 January 2018

11 January 2018

14 December 2017

30 November 2017

16 November 2017

26 October 2017

12 October 2017

14 September 2017

24 August 2017

10 August 2017

27 July 2017

13 July 2017

29 June 2017

15 June 2017

1 June 2017

11 May 2017

27 April 2017

13 April 2017

23 March 2017

9 March 2017

23 February 2017

9 February 2017

26 January 2017

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