Field Report Archive

Field Reports Archive

The ILA newsletter's Field Reports column dives into the work of ILA members, sharing new knowledge and actionable nuggets of wisdom. Have an idea for a column? Contact Debra DeRuyver at dderuyver@theILA.org.


We Are the leaders We've Been Waiting for: Women and Leadership Development in CollegeWe Are the Leaders
14 January 2021

How can colleges and universities best prepare women for the demands of modern leadership? In this article, ILA member Julie Owen shares seven key strategies based on her book, We Are the leaders We've Been Waiting for: Women and Leadership Development in College, which just received the 2021 Ruth Strang Research Award.



Marvelous and Kind KloeyMarvelous and Kind Kloey
10 December 2020

In this article, Kathy Guthrie shares the inspiration for her kids' series, Marvelous and Kind Kloey and how she moved from idea to published book. In the latest installment, Kloey and her friends learn about leadership. As Kathy shares, the book is not just for the children in your life, but also for you! The book has even been used in undergraduate and graduate level leadership classes.



Nannerl O. KeohaneWomen, Power, & Leadership
19 August 2020

Political philosopher and former President of Wellesley College and Duke University, Nannerl O. Keohane, takes a deep look into the formidable obstacles women still face when seeking leadership roles including the unfounded belief that few women want to hold significant leadership positions. Read this fascinating ILA field report, reprinted with permission from Daedalus.



Corey SeemillerDeveloping the Student Leadership Competencies
26 March 2020

Go behind the scenes of Corey Seemiller's journey to create the Student Leadership Competencies database and the abundance of rich materials that came out of that project including: The Student Leadership Competencies Inventory, assessment tools, models, curriculum, an app with digital badges, and the Trailblazer and Voyager student activity card decks. Over the past year, Corey has completely updated the database! At the end of the article, you'll find a helpful summary of the competencies with links to many free resources.



Sam WilsonThe Australian Leadership Index (ALI)
29 February 2020

Against a backdrop of unethical conduct, irresponsible leadership, and a distrust of business, public, and non-profit sector organizations, there is a pervasive sense that we are not being well served by authorities or the institutions they lead. Grounded in community and expert conceptions of the greater good and leadership for the greater good, and drawing on scholarly research into ethical, responsible, and integrative public leadership, the ALI offers a new model of leadership for the greater good that is germane to everyone.



Athena Rising BookcoverEngaging Men as Mentors for Women
1 June 2017

In their book Athena Rising, David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson suggest that one reason companies haven't increased the proportion of women in key leadership positions is because men have not adequately engaged in the professional development and mentoring of women. They share their findings and eight practical strategies for increasing effective male mentorship of women.