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The 3rd Lead in Asia Conference

Kuta, Bali 27-29 November 2024


Paper submission is now closed. Please contact us for any queries. 


One of the enormous challenges in Asia, currently the fastest growing economy in the world, is to accelerate the development of leaders who can scale innovation and strategically adapt in the transition era. The charge for leaders to orchestrate creative and collaborative efforts to build effective and inclusive organizations is no doubt urgent and important. Yet there is a notable lack of leadership talent and steady leadership pipelines that could deliver on strategic priorities and produce real, significant impacts in the region.

The challenge is exacerbated by the deficit of evidence-based practices within ever-growing leadership development industry in Asia. At the same time instilling more academic grounding into leadership development efforts, primarily because the science of leadership development is behind and somewhat detached from the more well-documented knowledge of what constitutes effective leadership. The pedagogical question of how one learns to be an effective leader, and how the management of that learning can be accelerated, remain largely unaddressed.  

Another perennial challenge in leadership development is the underemphasis of context. Studies premised on models and measurements developed in the West using data from one or more countries in Asia, which constitutes the majority of leadership studies pertinent to Asia, often lead to under- or misrepresentation of the rich heritage, philosophy, traditions, and cultures found within the region. Rigorous efforts to study leadership development approaches indigenous to each country are key to deal with the context-deficient theory of leadership development.

In light of the above challenges, the 3rd Lead in Asia Conference invites submissions from scholars in Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, and other cognate disciplines. The submissions can be based on theoretical or empirical investigations using any methodology on topics pertinent to leader and leadership development. More general submissions on Management-related topics will be considered insofar it has implications on leader or leadership development.

Apart from refereed paper presentations, two key programs will be featured in the conference, namely: (a) Professional Development workshops (PDWs) for early- and mid-career researchers on research methodologies to upskill and build confidence of academic staff to publish in top-ranked journals, and (b) Leadership development workshops for corporate practitioners.


15 April Submission Opens

14 July Submission Deadline

15 July Registration Opens

15 Aug Acceptance Notification

31 Aug Early Bird Registration Closes

31 Oct Registration Closes

27-29 Nov Conference


The conference will be held in the beautiful Bali, commencing in the evening of Wednesday 27 November with a welcome reception and conclude on Friday 29 November with a luncheon.

Bali has been crowned with The Travelers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best Destination for 2023. Dubbed as the Island of the Gods, its sandy beaches, lush rice terraces, and landscapes of hills and mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for the Lead in Asia Conference. It has been attracting visitors for centuries with its rich cultural heritage and spiritual traditions, gorgeous sunset, breathtaking scenery, and the warm hospitality of its people.

The conference venue will be the Pullman Bali Legian Beach, a 5-star beachfront hotel located steps away from the famous Kuta and Legian Beaches, only 20 minutes drive from the Ngurah Rai international airport.

The conference organizer has negotiated a limited number of rooms at special rates for delegates who choose to stay at the hotel. The nightly rates below are already inclusive of 21% tax and service charge. The rates also include buffet breakfast based on single or double occupancy. Kindly note that the type of bed is subject to hotel availability upon arrival, and guest check-in starts at 02:00pm.

Special Delegate Rate in

Local currency (INDONESIAN RUPIAH)

Deluxe Room 

IDR  1.850.000   net/room/night

Grand Deluxe Room 

IDR 2.100.000 net/room/night

Deluxe Ocean View Room

IDR 2.550.000 net/room/night

One Bedroom Suite

IDR 2.650.000 net/room/night

There are other hotels within 10-min walking distance from the conference hotel, including Sheraton (5-star), Mamaka by Ovolo (4-star), and Tribe (4-star).



We are fortunate to have the following confirmed speakers for the keynote and professional development workshops (PDW), with others are awaiting confirmation.

Professor Alex Newman (University of Melbourne)

Alex Newman

Alex Newman is one of Australia’s leading researchers in the field of management.

In the past two years Alex has been recognised by the Australian Research Magazine as Australia’s leading researcher across two sub-disciplines: human resources and organisations, and ethics. In 2022 he was also recognised by Clarivate as a highly cited researcher and in the same year was awarded the Mid-Career Award from the Careers Division of the Academy of Management.

Alex has published in leading journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Organisational Behavior, Human Resource Management, the Leadership Quarterly,andthe Journal of International Business Studies. Alex has also obtained multiple awards for research impact for the work he has done to support the career reestablishment of people from a refugee background including a Green Gown Award, an Australian Business Dean’s Council Award, an Emerald Real Impact Award, and Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award.

Prior to joining Melbourne Business School as Associate Dean Faculty, Alex had roles at Deakin Business School and Monash Business School. At Deakin he established the Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE) and was Associate Dean International and Head of the Department of Management. Prior to that he was involved in the establishment of the first Sino-Foreign University in China (The University of Nottingham, Ningbo China) and worked in international business in Japan. He speaks fluent Japanese and basic Chinese.

Associate Professor Ruchi Sinha

Ruchi is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at UniSA Business School. Previously, she held academic posts at the Indian School of Business. She followed a career as a management consultant and corporate trainer on leadership, high-performing teams, psychometric profiling for selection, and workforce planning. She has a Master's and a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University, USA.

Her work has been published in top-tier journals, including FT50 A* journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Behavior, where she also serves on the Editorial Reviewer Board. Currently, Ruchi conducts research on the role of gender in negotiation outcomes and how the leadership development of women leaders needs to focus on the specific development of negotiation skills.

Ruchi is an internationally recognised expert in team leadership and negotiation skills. She engages with the industry in the areas of facilitating employee voice, managing power struggles and trust in teams and enabling shared leadership. Ruchi is a regular guest on podcasts, TV and radio shows, and has published several practitioner articles in the Harvard Business Review and other reputed outlets such as the New York Times and The Conversation. Her recent TED talk on Negotiations has over 3.7 million views. She has been invited to give keynotes and talks at global events. She shares her understanding of the psychology of work in her substack blog, Psychology@Work.

Ruchi has attracted competitive industry funding worth over AUD$1 million (between 2016-2023) and conducted research with prominent industry partners, including the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, Australian State Government Agencies, and the Australian Department of Defence Science and Technology. She is currently working with an South Australia state department on organisational climate, engagement, well-being/burnout, and mental health projects.  

Michelle Gibbings, PhD. Cand.

Michelle Gibbings

Michelle Gibbings is a workplace expert, working with global leaders to build workplaces where leaders and employees thrive and great things happen.

She is the Author of ‘Step Up: How to Build Your Influence at Work’, ‘Career Leap: How to Reinvent and Liberate your Career’,and the new book‘Bad Boss: What to do if you work for one, manage one or are one’.

Her key to cultivating thriving workplaces is working with people through three lenses: as an individual, a leader, and in their wider role (and influence) within their organisation. Tapping into each of these facets, she brings self-awareness to the forefront, empowering people to work with those around them in a way that is productive, healthy and happy.

With her PhD underway, Michelle holds Undergraduate Degrees in Communications and Commerce, a Masters in International Trade, Certification by the International Federation of Compliance Associations, and Chartered Manager status. She also finds time to give that little bit extra – regularly featuring and writing for major national publications and media outlets.


Peer-reviewed submissions are invited for the following tracks:

  1. Leadership Education and Development
  2. Leadership Scholarship  
  3. Leadership and Intersectionality (e.g., age, gender, culture, ethnicity)
  4. General Management
  5. Organizational Behavior
  6. Human Resource Management
  7. Ethics and Social Issues in Management
  8. Public-Sector and Nonprofit Leadership

Submissions are invited for individual presentation and poster sessions.

Individual Presentation- Fully refereed papers are invited for individual presentation sessions. Each presenter will be allocated up to 15 minutes for PowerPoint presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers. The submission must be limited to 10 A4 pages (excluding the cover page and references, but including tables and figures), with 2.54cm (1″ margins), double spaced text, 12-point Times New Roman font. Papers should be written in English as a Microsoft Word document using the APA style (

Each submission will be subjected to a double-blind peer-review process. Submissions that do not pass the review process will be allocated to the poster session or rejected.

Poster Session– Extended abstracts are invited for poster presentation sessions. Each presenter must be in attendance during the allocated poster session to interact with individuals who are interested in their poster. The submission must be limited to 5 A4 pages (excluding the cover page and references, but including tables and figures), with 2.54cm (1″ margins), double spaced text, 12-point Times New Roman font. Papers should be written in English as a Microsoft Word document using the APA style (

Cover Page

Both full papers for individual presentations and extended abstracts for poster must include a cover page that has the following information: Title of paper, Name of author(s), Employer/organisational affiliation and its address, telephone, and email address.

To facilitate the blind review process,remove ALL author-identifying information after the cover page, including in the Word document headers or footers. Please also ensure that any author identifying information is removed from the file properties.


Apart from Cover Page which is a separate document, the entire manuscript (title page, abstract, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in ONE document using Microsoft Word (.DOC). Please ensure that your manuscript(s) exclude any author identifying information)

Check that the paper prints correctly (i.e., all imported figures and tables appear), and that the file is virus-free.

All submissions must be original and should not have been previously accepted for publication in a journal. If an earlier version of the submission has been presented at another conference, authors should acknowledge that and state the revisions that have been made.  Authors who fail to adhere to the guidelines will be rejected without consideration of their merits.

Submissions imply the willingness of at least one author to register, attend the conference, and present the paper.

Unless you inform us otherwise, abstracts of the conference papers will be collated in a conference proceeding that will be published online. The best papers from the conference will be invited for revision and resubmission for book chapters in an edited book published by Springer. Invited papers will be subject to the double-blind peer-review process for the edited book.

Submission Process

Please submit your cover page and manuscripts to the following email: 

Should you have any question about the submission and/or review process, please email Dr Sherrica Senewiratne (

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