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Call for Submissions: Learning Leaders

Call for submissions: Learning Leaders

We are looking for articles that connect your work with this emergent style of leadership called Learning Leaders.  We want to have illustrations of Learning Leaders in a variety of contexts, organizations, and age cohorts. We encourage leaders of all ages and positions to contribute stories that define themselves or another as a Learning Leader. Creative contributions and formats are welcome.

AI Practitioner to be published in May 2018

Editors:

Louis Alloro (louis@louisalloro.com)
Marge Schiller (margeschiller@me.com)
Jacqueline Stavros (jstavros@ltu.edu)
Cecile G. Betit (cgbetit@vermontel.net)

Theme: Learning Leaders

There are many definitions of learning. Each definition highlights learning as an active lifelong process that can be considered to expand and elevate one’s knowledge, skill, awareness and meaning making capacities through inquiry, experience and study. Learners with active curiosity  explore the world in many ways including: reading, observing, dialoguing, doing, and engaging with others to co-create ways of being, knowing, and behaving.  Learning is an ever expansive process—learners grow and develop.

Just as there are many definitions of learning, there are many definitions of leader and many types and styles of leadership have been noted in the literature– from transactional to transformational, autocratic and democratic. Leadership is neither a unitary skill set nor a solitary activity—a leader is one who guides, motivates, and empowers self and others.

We think Learning Leaders are a special breed. They express a growth mindset within an   enduring curiosity. They seem compelled to ask “what if” and “what next” questions. Learning Leaders ask “when” and “how.” When they don’t know the answer, they are prone to ask more questions. Learning Leaders are comfortable in a conscious stream of learning and are particularly noteworthy for their skills in environments of uncertainty and complexity.  Because they continue to be learners, they are able to innovate and co-create in a multiplicity of settings.  Learning leaders have the ability to motivate and ignite the best learning in themselves and in others to create new pathways that make a difference.

For this call Call for Papers, we are assuming a learning leader embraces the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) core principle of co-construction of connecting with others to learn and live in the “we” and “explore” and “embrace others and concepts from multiple sources.”  The articles and submissions will give this principle life in multiple ways.

For the May 2018 issue focused on Learning Leaders, we invite your thoughts, experiences, and perspectives on learning leaders:

Ideas for Contributions (from your research, practices, and experiences):

–       Do you know a Learning Leader? Who is it and how does it manifest?
–       Do you have a story about a Learning Leader and his/her impact?
–       How do you experience  Learning Leadership in your organization (business, government, nonprofit, school),         or communities, industries, nations?
–       What does  Learning Leadership mean  to you in your research or practice?
–       How do leaders use learning in developing their own leadership style and that of employees and colleagues?
–       How do education and learning diverge or converge in leading self and others?
–       Why is it relevant to appreciate learning in leadership?
–       Which are the stories about leaders that learn you can share? Who are the Learning Leaders at every level             and in many age cohorts?
–       What are the implications of intergenerational learning to/for leaders?
–       How does an appreciative view of learning and leading help people and organizations to flourish?
–       What is your dream for the future of learning and leading?

Ways to Contribute:

We are looking for articles that connect your work with this emergent style of leadership called Learning Leaders.  We want to have illustrations of Learning Leaders in a variety of contexts, organizations, and age cohorts. We encourage leaders of all ages and positions to contribute stories that define themselves or another as a Learning Leader. Creative contributions and formats are welcome.

The final written submissions will range from 500 to 2000 words. Art and graphics should be in high resolution and ready for publication. Poetry should be formatted for publication. Video links are also encouraged.

Making A Proposal / Draft:

Are you enthused by the thought of contributing to this issue? Is your brain already generating ideas and contribution? 

Important Deadlines:

August 31, 2017:      Proposal or Overview/Outline of Contribution

November 30, 2017: First Draft Due

January 31, 2018:     Final Article Due

April 1, 2018:             AIP Editor will provide you a press proof copy before article goes to print

 

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