Understanding how to create and maintain high performing, resilient,
environmentally friendly and socially-responsible organisations and
societies requires input from many disciplines, insights from
researchers with diverse backgrounds, and leadership from business and
government. A good place to start is with an understanding of the
The multidisciplinary author team on 'Fresh Thoughts in Sustainable
Leadership' quite provocatively covers diverse topics related to
establishing sustainable leadership in different national and industry
settings. The contributions are based on current research into
sustainable leadership presented at symposia run by the Institute for
'Fresh Thoughts in Sustainable Leadership' contains 15 chapters
organised into three parts. Part I contains chapters concerned with
transforming organisations towards sustainable practices. Then, as the
chapters in Part II indicate, leadership plays a major role in creating
and maintaining sustainable enterprises. Part III in turn then covers a
fundamental aspect of sustainable leadership, namely what educators are
doing for sustainability, particularly in universities.
Overall, the chapters in 'Fresh Thoughts in Sustainable Leadership'
examine many aspects of sustainable leadership - from transformational
change and leadership issues to education; from insoluble problems to
easy-to-use tools for under-resourced small businesses and individuals;
and from cultural change at the national level to ways in which
individuals can become proactive, civil and skilled at picking up cues
related to sustainability.
With contributors from multiple continents including Africa, Asia,
Australia and Europe, this book offers the read a stimulating journey
through these fresh thoughts.
Avery, Gayle; Hughes, Bronwyn
About the book
Table of Contents
PART I – Transforming Organisations Towards Sustainable Practices: Chapter 1 – Sustainable leadership practices: Enhancing business resilience and performance, Chapter 2 – Transforming large organisations toward innovative sustainable practices: A wicked problem for public and private managers?, Chapter 3 – Making sense of sustainability: A cue-based approach to sustainable organisational performance, Chapter 4 – An environmental reporting tool for small scale entrepreneurs, Chapter 5 – Incivility and sustainability: Is there a link?, Chapter 6 – Proactivity at work: A path to organisational sustainability; PART II – Leadership and Sustainability: Chapter 7 – Leadership for sustainability: Principals from an Aboriginal society, Chapter 8 – Sustainable leadership in jazz bands: The practice of shared leadership, Chapter 9 – Creative leaders and leading creatives: Leadership models in Australia’s dance companies, Chapter 10 – Sufficiency economy philosophy: A Thai approach to sustainable enterprises, Chapter 11 – Leadership communication at the edge; PART III – Educating for Sustainability: Chapter 12 – Sustainable education and professional development: Programs for manager in Australian universities, Chapter 13 – A partnership approach in the professionalisation of sustainability, Chapter 14 – Developing leaders for sustainable outcomes: An Australian case study, Chapter 15 – The role of social capital in business education for sustainability, Chapter 16 – Creating sustainable organisations through servant leadership
About the authors
Dr Gayle C Avery is professor at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, visiting professor at leading international business schools including the China Europe International Business School, and CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership. Gayle specialises in leadership, management development, and creating sustainable enterprises. She is author of numerous publications, including Understanding Leadership and Leadership for Sustainable Futures, and is co-author of Honeybees and Locusts: The Business Case for Sustainable Leadership and Diagnosing Leadership in Global Organisations (also published by TUP). Gayle is also deputy editor of the Journal of Global Responsibility.
Dr Bronwyn Hughes is director of Ansvar Insurance and director of the Willow Creek Association in Australia. Her research interest is leadership in the volunteer sector with a focus on the church sector. Her doctoral research, exploring how leaders can build commitment to organisational vision among church volunteers, was published in A Passion for Evangelism: Turning Vision into Action. She also co-authored Shaping a Future: Characteristics of Vital Congregations and Build my Church.