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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Leadership Societies, Organizations, and Programs

This page features some of well-respected organizations and programs for leadership development.  These associations and websites provide rich contents and information on a wide range of topics related to leadership.  These websites publish updated contents which can be very helpful for conducting research and writing course papers.

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
CCL is one of the world’s most respected nonprofit organizations that develops leaders in all sectors of the global economy. Clearly, it would not be in business if its global client organizations did not believe it can develop leadership skills. (Lussier & Achua, 2010, p. 9).

The International Leadership Association (ILA)
The International Leadership Association (ILA) is the global network for all those who practice, study, and teach leadership. ILA promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide. ILA provides a list of Guiding Questions for leadership educators as they construct and evaluate their curricular and co-curricular programs(Sirkis, 2011, p. 31).

The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL)
The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is an international research program focused on understanding the influences of higher education in shaping socially responsible leadership capacity and other leadership related outcomes (e.g., efficacy, cognitive skills, resiliency).  Designed as a collaborative research program, participation in the MSL provides institutions with a platform from which to engage in evidence-based practice while contributing to the knowledgebase on college student leadership development as well.

The Association for Coaching (AC)
AC is one of the leading independent and non-profit-making professional bodies aimed at promoting best practice and raising the awareness and standards of coaching, while providing support for its members. Established in 2002, AC has experienced rapid growth, with now over 3,000 members in over 42 countries. The AC has become known for its leadership within the market and being responsive to both market and members’ needs. Becoming a member gives the opportunity to be involved in an established, yet dynamic, membership organization dedicated to excellence and coaching best practice. The Association for Coaching is a membership organization for professional coaches, training/service providers and organizations involved in building coaching capability in executive, business, personal, speciality and team coaching (Passmore, 2010, p. 299).

Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS)
The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) develops and promulgates standards that enhance the quality of a student’s total learning experience in higher education. CAS is a consortium of associations in higher education whose representatives achieve consensus on the nature and application of standards that guide the work of practitioners. CAS derives its authority from the prestige and traditional influence of its member associations and from the consensus of those members in establishing requirements for high-quality practice.


Lussier, R. N. & Achua, C. F. (2010). Leadership: Theory, application, and skill development (4th ed.). Mason, OH: Cengage Learning.

Passmore, J. (2010). Leadership coaching: Working with leaders to develop elite performance. London, UK: Kogan Page Limited.

Sirkis, J. (2011). Development of Leadership Skills in Community College Department Chairs. Community College Enterprise, 17(2), 46-61.

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