Flourishing Leadership in This New World?

When: 12 October 2023 | 09:00 – 16:00
Where: Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Facilitators: Rob Elkington
Price: $129 ILA Member | $165 Non-Member

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When: Thursday, 12 October | 09:00 – 16:00
Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel
Facilitators: Kathy Guthrie, Florida State University; Kimberly LaComba, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; Kerry Priest; Basil Read; Rich Whitney, University of La Verne
Maximum Number of Registrants: 80

TICKET PRICES: $120 ILA Member | $162 Non-Member

Full Description

Vu Jade describes our new world as somewhere we have never been and do not know (Day & Harrison, 2007; Elkington, 2015). Previous leadership paradigms seemed sufficient to navigate stable and predictable environments. However, we left those shores a while ago and are navigating uncharted waters. This poses our greatest Wicked leadership challenge: “How do we lead for the flourishing of all forever in this new world?” 

In Grint’s taxonomy of problems (Grint, 2005), the role of leadership when confronting Wicked problems is to get the right people together in the same room and create space for collaboration on best choices.  The 25th ILA is our opportunity to embark on the amazing journey of collaborating to bring our best selves to a pivotal moment to collaboratively reflect on this most Wicked of problems: “How do we lead so that our planet, our people, and our future generations flourish” (Elkington & Upward, 2016) 

Come and join us as we utilize technology and facilitation to collaboratively spark new conceptions of leadership and generatively co-construct the first pathways of a new agenda for leadership research, thinking, and practice. As we move through the session, we will pay particular attention to Indigenous worldviews, communal leadership, and leading in complex environments. Our goal for this session is that it might be the first step to help us find the pathway to flourishing, hope, and new ways of being and leading.  

To explore how a new way of leadership  for flourishing might unfold, we move through the following pathways in our workshop: 

    1. Welcome and Land Acknowledgement – 5 Minutes.
    2. Connecting “Sawubona – I see you (Caldwell & Atwijuka, 2018).” – 10 Minutes.
      Here participants find someone they do not know and learn six facts about that person.  
    3. Introduction of our three guest speakers and Sharing By our Guest Speakers– 50 Minutes. 
      1. Dr. Zweli Ndevu – Southern African Communal Leadership 
      2. Erin Dixon Gizhagate – Wise Practices for Indigenous Leadership 
      3. Dr. Alice MacGillivray –Leadership and Change in Complex Environments 
    4. Reflective and Refreshment Break: What Struck Me as I Listened – 10 Minutes.
      1. Formulate any questions for the Q & A session. 
    5. Lightning Round Questions for the Guest Speakers – 10 Minutes. 
    6. Roundtable discussions on the Intersection of the Guest Speakers Reflections and how these reflections inform their leadership paradigm – 30 Minutes.
    7. Sharing Ideas from the Roundtables – What Is Leadership in this New World – 30 Minutes.
    8. Closing Reflections from our Guest Speakers and Suggestions on How We Move Forward – 15 Minutes.


Caldwell, C., & Atwijuka, S. (2018). “I See You!” – The Zulu Insight to Caring Leadership. Journal of Values-Based Leadership, 11(1), 159–168. 

Day, D. V., & Harrison, M. M. (2007). A multilevel, identity-based approach to leadership development. Human Resource Management Review, 17(4), 360–373. 

Elkington, R. (2015). Creative Leadership Requires Creative Leadership Development in a Vu Jade World. Journal of Leadership Studies, 9(3), 69–71. 

Elkington, R., & Upward, A. (2016). Leadership as enabling function for flourishing by design. Journal of Global Responsibility, 7(1), 126–144. 

Grint, K. (2005). Problems, problems, problems: The social construction of ‘leadership.’ Human Relations, 58(11), 1467–1494. 

Guest Speakers & Facilitators

Rob Elkington

Rob Elkington, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Trent University; Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University School of Public Leadership; Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management and Administration; Co-founder and CEO, Global Leadership Initiatives, Inc.

Erin Dixon (Gizhagatte)

Erin Dixon GizhagateDirector of Knowledge and Indigenous Leadership, Reconciliation Canada; Faculty and Researcher, Indigenous Leadership, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Indigenous Awareness Trainer for the Ontario Provincial Police 

Alice MacGillvary

Dr. Alice MacGillivray, Associate Faculty, Leadership Studies, Royal Roads University, Canada; Independent Leadership Consultant; Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management (IJCLM)  

Zweli Ndevu

Dr. Zweli Ndevu, Director, School of Public Leadership; Academic Head, Honours in Public Development and Management; Professional Associate, Anti-Corruption Centre for Education and Research, Stellenbosch University, South Africa