How to lead efficiently in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world? Leadership has never been as difficult as it is today. And it has never been as crucial. In this VUCA world people ask leaders to provide certainty. They cannot. In the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world certainty comes from character. Leaders can base their leadership on empathy, fairness, kindness and reciprocity. These basic human elements are under pressure. This book provides both emerging and established leaders with the ingredients they need to develop a sustainable leadership style. EXCERPT A newly appointed CEO wrote that she wants to find a balance between her own values and what is expected from her. I hope for her that both are not too far apart. The board of the company chose her to do the job because of who she is, not because of who she is not. And here is the main challenge for those who are in a leadership role. How can you be a leader and still remain yourself? Something in leadership or in its context seems to urge people to change and become someone else. But leaders are not actors. If I can give only one advice: do not change who you are. You can be (come more of) yourself and grow as a person. But the moment you try and change who you are, you lose the only thing that is sustainable and dear to you: your character. This book is about sustainable leadership based on character. ABOUT THE AUTHOR David Ducheyne wrote this book as a source of inspiration for leaders who are looking for ways to maintain their leadership in VUCA times. It’s also a documented intention to try and do better.
Release on 2011 | by Gayle C. Avery,Harald Bergsteiner
Honeybee and Locust Approaches
Author: Gayle C. Avery,Harald Bergsteiner
Category: Business & Economics
The business case for operating along sustainable principles is becoming very clear. Sustainable organizations outperform their peers on many criteria, including corporate social responsibility, employee satisfaction and – surprising for some – even financially. Sustainable Leadership: Honeybee and Locust Approaches presents an evidence-based view of how 23 leadership practices facilitate outcomes that go beyond what is commonly referred to as the triple bottom line – environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility and financial success. The book centers on a powerful metaphor of honeybee and locust behaviors, which illustrate two leadership philosophies with very different outcomes for a business and its viability. Gathering evidence from scholars combined with observations from successful firms around the world, the book presents a bundle of principles, behaviors and beliefs that forms a sustainable leadership system. This engaging, insightful book offers a set of principles that can be adapted in many ways to underpin sustainable leadership in different situations. It provides evidence and a rationale for building a business case to change towards more sustainable practices.
Release on 2012-06-27 | by Andy Hargreaves,Dean Fink
Author: Andy Hargreaves,Dean Fink
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
In Sustainable Leadership, Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink address one of the most important and often neglected aspects of leadership: sustainability. The authors set out a compelling and original framework of seven principles for sustainable leadership characterized by Depth of learning and real achievement rather than superficially tested performance; Length of impact over the long haul, beyond individual leaders, through effectively managed succession; Breadth of influence, where leadership becomes a distributed responsibility; Justice in ensuring that leadership actions do no harm to and actively benefit students in other schools; Diversity that replaces standardization and alignment with diversity and cohesion; Resourcefulness that conserves and renews leaders' energy and doesn't burn them out; and Conservation that builds on the best of the past to create an even better future. This book is a volume in the Jossey-Bass Leadership Library in Education—a series designed to meet the demand for new ideas and insights about leadership in schools.
`This book tackles the leadership question by looking both outward and inward, the latter being how to sustain oneself as a leader...Developing Sustainable Leadership is an important contribution to the field of educational leadership' - Education Libraries `This collection of pithy analysis and insightful solutions will be easily assimilated by school leaders, policy makers and community stakeholders who will, with relative ease, be left eager to recontextualise the wisdom within to their own unique circumstances' - ESCalate `School leaders and teachers know a lot more than they think they do. So, what prevents the release of that creative energy? Look, no further than this thought provoking collection of essays from world leading scholars. It treats us to a kaleidoscopic view of what we do know, what we ought to know and what we urgently need to do to harness the power of sustainable leadership. Policy makers, please take careful note!' - John MacBeath, Professor Education Leadership, University of Cambridge With increasing accountability pressures, developing and sustaining leaders is a major challenge for all those involved in education today. This book brings together eleven outstanding writers to provide insights, frameworks and ideas on how we can sustain our school leaders and develop values-based leadership in order to counter the short-term management solutions that abound. Andy Hargreaves, Dean Fink, Michael Fullan, Brent Davies, Ken Leithwood, David Hopkins, Geoff Southworth, Brian Caldwell, Chris Day, Terry Deal and Gib Hentschke represent some of the most powerful thinkers and writers in the educational leadership field who respond to the challenge of how we can develop and sustain our school leaders. While a great deal has been written on preparation for leadership, this book takes leadership thinking to the next level by providing strategies for enhancing and empowering the leaders we have. This book is a key source of ideas, insights and frameworks for all those involved in sustaining our school leaders. 'Offers a clarity to complex problems that enables both the academic and general reader to identify with the issues dealt with...the book is an enjoyable insight into several leaders' view on leadership, which Brent Davies has pulled together well and which will be of use to headteachers, aspiring leaders and academics alike' - International Journal of Educational Management
Release on 2009-05-05 | by Alan M. Blankstein,Paul D. Houston,Robert W. Cole
Author: Alan M. Blankstein,Paul D. Houston,Robert W. Cole
Pubpsher: Corwin Press
Bringing together a powerful group of leading educational thinkers, including Michael Fullan, Dennis Sparks, Linda Lambert, and Dean Fink, this volume examines how to sustain improvement through shared leadership.
Sustainable Leadership: Sourcing and Multiplying Happiness acknowledges the desire of those in leadershipCEOs and other executivesto sustain their own positions as leaders and to bestow legacies upon those who follow and the societies in which they live. To that end, Jacob Thomas outlines and describes sustainable leadership, presents several novel frameworks that enable individuals to develop methods for practicing sustainable leadership, and suggests sets of self-assessment questions to guide ones personal reflection. In the course of its discussion, Sustainable Leadership describes how leaders can sustain their positions, cultivate insight, strengthen their inner selves, develop intention, consider context, show regard for followers, create strategy, act decisively, make an impact, analyze performance, engender wonder, and plan for the future. Ample numbers of illustrating figures and insight boxes highlight the key points of Sustainable Leadership. These features help any leader or researcher who seeks to appreciate, understand, and apply the insights of this approach to see clearly the main points to grasp when discerning the sources and the potential for multiplying happiness as a practitioner of sustainable leadership.
Academic Paper from the year 2019 in the subject Business economics - Business Management, Corporate Governance, Mississippi State University, language: English, abstract: Leadership is a critical element in any field. Countless amount of research has been poured into the study of leadership. Yet seemingly there is always room for more as social constructs change within our societies. While there are certain constants that have been proven within the leadership field, the uncertainties have been faced with creative leaders at the right place, right time. Unknown to many as a style of leadership, the discursive leadership methodology seems to utilize the art of framing words and ideals through a common language set to build upon organizational values and standards. Further, it places more responsibility on subordinates to pave the way for the organization’s future; all the while, the leader of the organization is simply guiding their intent to meet their endstate but subordinates feel as if they were the ones to have created and made the change possible. However, as with any subject, discursive leadership methodologies need much more research to validate its potential as a sustainable leadership approach.
2018 Prague Institute for Qualification Enhancement (PRIZK) International Conference “Entrepreneurial and Sustainable Academic Leadership” (ESAL2018)
Author: Wadim Strielkowski
Category: Business & Economics
This proceedings volume focuses on the business models and higher education schemes in various countries that drive sustainable development. Specifically, it combines different approaches to issues such as social practices, educational practices, academic policies, energy, sustainable growth, R&D and global security from the point of view of academics, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and NGO representatives. Featuring selected contributions presented at the 2018 PRIZK International Conference on Entrepreneurial and Sustainable Academic Leadership (ESAL2018) held in the Czech Republic, this book combines contributions from both theory and practice providing a unique toolbox of policies for entrepreneurs and academics alike.Our quickly globalizing and stratifying world is marked by such processes as economic interconnectedness, digitalization, micro targeting and spillover causation. In such an environment, there is a great need for strategies and tools for securing future sustainable development in both business and education. In this regard, leadership is one of the crucial elements in achieving these goals seemingly and simultaneously. The goal of the 2018 PRIZK International ESAL Conference and the enclosed contributions is to explore different strategies and policies that drive sustainable development in entrepreneurial and academic leadership.Featuring research from fields such as business, economics, education, social sciences, psychology and behavioral sciences, this book is a useful reference for students, academics, scholars, researchers and policy makers in leadership, entrepreneurship, education and sustainability.
Becoming a Successful Strategic Leader through Principles, Perspectives and Professional Development
Author: David L. Rainey
Category: Business & Economics
The Pursuit of Sustainable Leadership: Sustainable Leadership (SL) encompasses the broad roles and responsibilities of leaders that cut across the whole organization and the entire extended enterprise from horizon to horizon. The underpinnings of SL require strategic leaders and professionals to play leading roles in dealing with critical issues affecting business and people. This including resolving the related problems and challenges and participating in the development and deployment of sustainable solutions based on the full spectrum of needs and expectations of society, market spaces, and business environment. SL necessitates openness, inclusiveness, innovativeness, and fair mindedness. It requires strategic leaders to create an extraordinary vision and to fulfill their missions to develop, support, and promote the extended enterprises and the market spaces served by their businesses. Sustainable strategic leaders ensure that their organizations and enterprises are fully capable and responsive to external dimensions and market spaces and have the potential to be successful. They serve and support markets, customers, and stakeholders and provide them with solutions and successful outcomes. In addition, strategic leaders fulfill their broad responsibilities to society through positive actions to improve the social and economic fabric of the human world and to mitigate the negative impacts across all of the social, economic, and environmental aspects. The Pursuit of Sustainable Leadership (PSL) involves the ongoing learning and development of business leaders and students to become true strategic leaders who have the proper principles, philosophies, values, capabilities and perspectives for achieving sustainable success. True leaders are dedicated to their endeavors and never stop making transitions and transformations to higher levels of sophistication. The PSL is based on a learning the foundations of leadership, having the right principles, developing personal philosophies, using broad perspectives, adapting openness and honesty, engaging in continuous learning, embracing lifelong personal and professional development, and being a sustainable leader. The key to success involves acquiring new knowledge, seeking profound experiences, expanding one’s understanding of realities and possibilities, and developing positive mindset through demanding roles and responsibilities, interactive engagements and profound learning.