Monthly Archives July 2017

Leading for sustainability

Leading for sustainability is expressing your creative potential as well as your ability to bring forth the world with others. Although there is no need for radical break-ups, revolutions or sudden changes in activities,  it is important to listen to when your heart tells you:  “Here is a chance to redefine your leadership contribution”. If you want to lead for sustainability, take small and consistent steps: Watch you heart – is it involved, where can you feel passion ? Act on the urge, no matter how small your steps are. Be persistent despite the odds and setbacks. Know that you
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Calculating the Costs of Non Collaboration

The costs of non-collaboration – or lack of collective leadership –  is often hidden, but the following examples make clear a severe imbalance between costs and return. (Although I have changed details in order to maintain confidentiality – these examples are all based on real projects and people.) First example: A two-day multi-stakeholder meeting on combating Malaria is convened after being initiated by an international organization active in the field. About 120 people from governments, civil society and research institutions were invited, of which only 80 showed up. Ten gave a speech or a presentation on issues that most people already knew
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Collective leadership for sustainability

Collective leadership for sustainability is the capacity of a group of actors to deliver their unique contribution to a joint purpose collaboratively. High priority is given to the common good, and a balance is struck between the needs of people, profit, and the planet. Leadership paradigms often refer only to individuals and the expansion of one person’s skills. Sustainability challenges, however,  require us to go beyond the individual and build the capacity of groups and systems to move important issues of common concern forward. In turn, this requires collective action, dialogue and collaboration. Leading for sustainability is therefore not an
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Leaders’ choices: collectively co-creating sustainability

Why is the change towards sustainability happening so slowly in many companies and initiatives? Could it be linked to leadership and the way leadership affects initiatives? Every change in an organization results from the choices made by dedicated people. Leaders are therefore co-creators of an interconnected reality. Leaders need to respond to a call for a sustainable world – as well as to questions about human dignity, inclusiveness, and a fairer distribution of wealth Leaders mirror their organization, while, at the same time, holding the potential to impact the way an orginisation view itself. Leadership based on lived values can change an entire
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