7th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference (DLCC)

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Date of event: 15 July 2015
Event ends: 16 July 2015
7th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference (DLCC)

The Developing Leadership Capacity Conference (DLCC) was started in 2009 as a forum for leadership and management academics, practitioners, policy makers and students to come together to debate and explore recent developments in the theory and practice of leadership development. It is now a well-established annual conference attracting very well-respected participants.

The 2015 conference theme

Leadership development has been discussed and researched for many years - some will say for centuries. Management and leadership development has seen a much sharper focus in public and private organisations for at least the past 50 years (Grint, 2011; Schedlitzki & Edwards, 2014). The leadership development industry has grown exponentially over the past thirty years, with about $14 billion spent annually in the US alone on leadership development (Gurdjian, 2014). Despite this spend and focus, both research and practice are still struggling to find excellent leadership and leadership development in today’s organisations. A recent UK study (Gitsham, 2009) reported only 7% of managers stating that their companies effectively develop global business leaders. Overall the field of leadership development still seems immature (Day, Fleenor, Atwater, Sturm, & McKee, 2014).

So what is happening to leadership development today and in the future? Have we learnt so little from the past? What are we anticipating for the future in this complex, technology enabled, global world? Why has the last 50 years of leadership development not created many examples of great leadership? Do we ask narrowly focussed questions in leadership thinking? Do we accept too narrow conceptualisations of leadership?

Throughout its history and through to the present day, Henley Business School has recognised the complexities and real world challenges of leadership in practice. We put forward that a pluralistic approach towards leadership thinking and developing leadership capacity can help to mirror those complex and multi-faceted demands.

Recent reviews for leadership development point in the same direction. Day et al. (2014) put forward the need to expand the focus of leadership development by including more collective forms of leadership but also followership development. Others highlight multiple perspectives with regard to forms of leadership emergence (Dinh, Lord, Gardner, Meuser, Liden, & Hu, 2014) multiple levels of analysis (Dionne et al., 2014), the variety loci and mechanisms of leadership (Hernandez, Eberly, Avolio, & Johnson, 2011), but also integrating behaviours of followers into the leadership process (Uhl-Bien, Riggio, Lowe, & Carsten, 2014).

Against this background, DLCC 2015, with the theme of “Pluralistic perspectives of leadership and leadership development”, wishes to call for papers that are broad, multi-facetted, and not exclusive. We invite colleagues from academia and practice to help critique, challenge and inform the discussion and understanding about effective and sustainable leadership development in a pluralistic environment. Topics may include but are not exclusive to:

 Multi-lens thinking on leadership development

  • Developing team leadership and leadership teams
  • Evaluation of leadership development
  • Coaching and action learning
  • Trust and power in leadership processes
  • Leadership of the future: technology and leadership in global and virtual teams
  • Case-studies including learning from the failure of current leadership development and leadership causing damage to business and society

Guest Speakers:  Prof. Mary Uhl-Bien, Prof. Mike Pedler, Prof. Alan Bryman, Prof. John Adair and Prof. Adrian Furnham

The conference planning team includes: Gareth Edwards, Doris Schedlitzki, Steve Kempster, Marian Iszatt-White, Jean-Anne Stewart, Stephen Simister, Bernd Vogel, Ana Graca, Claire Collins and Lynn Thurloway.

Abstract and Paper Submissions

Contributions, both academic and practitioner, are welcome in the form of full papers, developmental papers, worshops and posters. (Please see the Submission Guidelines section for more information about each format).

These contributions should be submitted initially as an extended abstract of no more than 750 words. Each submission will be subject to a blind peer review process. All submissions should be made no later than Monday 23rd March 2015, to be submitted as a word document emailed to the conference organisers at DLCC@henley.ac.uk. A decision on all abstracts and proposals received, will be conveyed to contributors no later than Wednesday, 8th April 2015. The final papers submission is 1st June 2015. Please note that at least one author for each submission must register for the conference before Monday 15th June 2015 for the submission to be included in the conference programme and proceedings.

Key dates for papers

  •   Extended abstracts submission due:

23rd March, 2015

  •   Notification of Acceptance:

8th April,   2015

  •   Final paper submission:

1st June,   2015

Registration and Fees

  •   Early bird registration - before 30th April 2015:


  •   Full registration fee - after 30th April 2015:


  •   Student registration fee:


Fees include lunches and all refreshments on 15th & 16th July and conference dinner on 15th July.

Overnight accommodation is not included in the conference fee and must be booked and paid for separately by participants. Free on-site parking is provided. Public transport is also available from Henley town centre which is served by national rail and coach services.  PLEASE NOTE that accommodation at the Henley Business School is now FULL for the 15th July 2015.  A list of local hotels, B&Bs, caravan/campsite can be provided on request.

Further information: Please contact Jean-Anne.Stewart@henley.ac.uk

  • Professor Mary Uhl-Bien

  • Professor John Adair

  • Professor Alan Bryman

  • Professor Mike Pedler

  • Professor Adrian Furnham

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Baker by email at a.j.baker@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 8691.

Getting There

Henley Business School, Greenlands Campus

Henley Business School,Greenlands,Henley-on-ThamesOxfordshire