[LDRNET] CALL FOR PAPERS: 21st Annual Kravis-de Roulet Leadership Conference (DEADLINE: Sept. 1, 2011)


21st Annual Kravis-de Roulet Leadership Conference

February 24-25, 2012

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, California


Understanding and Assessing “Soft” Leader Skills

Call for Papers: This Call for Papers solicits proposals for papers and panel presentations from researchers and academics, practitioners, and individuals engaged in the practice and/or research of “soft skills” and leadership in various disciplines and fields.

Proposals should consist of approximately 1500 words for individual papers and 750 word descriptions of proposed panel presentations.

Deadline for Submissions: September 1, 2011

Conference: The Kravis Leadership Institute, at Claremont McKenna College, is sponsoring a conference to explore current thinking and future directions in increasing our understanding of the “soft skills” of leadership.  This conference will explore different models, conceptualizations, and measures of the “soft skills” that are so necessary for effective leadership.  By “soft skills” we refer to the interpersonal skills, communication skills, persuasion skills, political savvy, and emotional abilities used by leaders to inspire, motivate, and move followers toward the accomplishment of goals.

Goals: The intent of the conference is to bring together to the top scholars working in this area of leadership for discussion and presentation of theory and research (Day 1), and to make formal presentations to a larger audience of leadership scholars, students, and practitioners (Day 2).  An aspirational goal of this conference would be to change the term and metaphor of “soft skills.”  We will create an edited volume based on the conference presentations.

Please submit proposals and questions to:

Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.

Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology

Kravis Leadership Institute



About the Kravis Leadership Institute

The mission of the Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI) at Claremont McKenna College is to be the premier academic center for the promotion and understanding of responsible, innovative leadership and to provide unique opportunities for CMC students to develop as outstanding real world leaders in the public, private and social sectors. The Institute sponsors undergraduate education in leadership as well as conducting leadership research and providing leadership training.  In addition, we sponsor various conferences on current topics in leadership.  We are located in Claremont, California, a suburb 30 miles east of Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Information on past conferences and KLI can be found at:



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