Innovation in Environmental Leadership

Book description

Innovation in Environmental Leadership offers innovative approaches to leadership from a post-industrial and ecological vantage point. Chapters in this collection are written by leading scholars and practitioners of environmental leadership from around the globe, and are informed by a variety of critical perspectives, including post-heroic approaches, systems thinking, and the emerging insights of Critical Leadership Studies (CLS).

By taking the natural environment seriously as a foundational context for leadership, Innovation in Environmental Leadership offers fresh insights and compelling visions of leadership pertinent to 21st century environmental and social challenges. Concepts and understandings of leadership emerged as part of an extractive industrial system; this work asks its readers to re-think what leadership looks like in an ecologically sustainable biological system.

This book provides fresh insights and critical perspectives on the vibrant and growing field of environmental leadership. It shows the latest state of knowledge on the topic and will be of interest both to students at an advanced level, academics and reflective practitioners. It addresses the topics with regard to leadership theory and environmental leadership and will be of interest to researchers, academics, and students in the fields of sustainability, environmental ethics, natural resource management, environmental studies, business management, public policy, and environmental management.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. List of illustrations
  8. List of contributors
  9. Introduction
    1. Modern Conceptions of Leadership and the Critical Response
    2. The Eco-Leadership Paradigm: Critical Leadership Studies Meets Ecology
    3. Chapter Descriptions
    4. References
  10. 1. The Seven Unsustainabilities of Mainstream Leadership
    1. Introduction
    2. Defining Leadership and Sustainability
    3. Insights from Critical Leadership Studies
    4. The Individualist Mistake
    5. Assuming Purpose
    6. Beyond Critical Analysis
    7. Implications for Sustainable Leadership
    8. The Seven Unsustainabilities of Leadership
    9. Seven Recommendations for More Sustainable Leadership
    10. Conclusions
    11. Notes
    12. References
  11. 2. A Case for Universal Contexts: Intersections of the Biosphere, Systems, and Justice Using a Critical Constructionist Lens
    1. Introduction
    2. Critical Theory
    3. A Critical Constructionist Lens
    4. The Case for Universal Contexts of Leadership
    5. Universal Context: The Biosphere
    6. Universal Context: Systems
    7. Universal Context: Justice
    8. Conclusion
    9. References
  12. 3. The Eco-Leadership Paradox
    1. Introduction
    2. Eco-Leadership in Context
    3. Eco-Leadership as a Meta-Discourse
    4. Overcoming the Ideology of “Individualism-More”
    5. The Paradox
    6. What Is to Be Done?
    7. Conclusion
    8. Notes
    9. References
  13. 4. Sustainable Leadership: Toward Restoring the Human and Natural Worlds
    1. Introduction
    2. The Crisis of Leadership in the Modern World
    3. Sustainable Leadership Is Centrally Defined by the Purposes It Serves
    4. A Brief History of Opportunistic Leadership in Globalized Political Economy
    5. Sustainable Leadership as a Continuum
    6. Sustainable Leadership Embodies a Fitting Response to the Socio-Ecological Challenges Implicated in the Decisions and Actions Taken
    7. Sustainable Leadership Is Integrative and Ultimately Place-Centered
    8. Everyone Must Have Access to Serve as a Leader
    9. Leadership Must Be Actively Developed in Everyone in a Sustainable Society
    10. Sustainable Leadership Engages Imperfectly in Processes of Long-Term Cultural Change.
    11. Conclusions
    12. Notes
    13. References
  14. 5. Eco-Leadership, Complexity Science, and 21st-Century Organizations: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis
    1. Introduction
    2. The Promise of Complexity Science in Leadership Studies
    3. How Complexity Science Impacts Leadership Studies
    4. Organizations as Ecological Systems
    5. Adaptability Becomes the Chief Aim of 21st Century Organizations
    6. Results and Discussion of Findings
    7. Low Scoring County 4-H Associations Are More Inwardly Focused and Connected
    8. High Scoring County 4-H Programs Attribute Success to a Greater Number of Factors
    9. The Eco-Leader in the 21st Century Organization
    10. Conclusions and Future Research
    11. References
  15. 6. Toward an Understanding of the Relationship Between the Study of Leadership and the Natural World
    1. Introduction
    2. Review of Relevant Literature
    3. The Connection Between Leadership and the Natural World
    4. The Five Components of Leadership and their Relationship to the Natural World
    5. The Natural World as a Sixth Component of Leadership
    6. Conclusion
    7. References
  16. 7. The Unseen Revolution: Leadership for Sustainability in the Tropical Biosphere
    1. Introduction
    2. Examples of the Unseen Revolution
    3. Friends for Conservation and Development
    4. Long Caye at Lighthouse Reef
    5. The Nature Conservancy
    6. Belize Natural Energy
    7. Implications
    8. Notes
    9. References
  17. 8. Heroes No More: Businesses Practice Collaborative Leadership to Confront Climate Change
    1. Introduction
    2. The United Nations Global Compact: Transnational Public–Private Partnership
    3. The United Nations Global Compact: Platform for Environmental Leadership
    4. Caring for Climate
    5. Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy
    6. Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy: Collective Policy Leadership
    7. Carbon Pricing Leadership: Collaborative Policy Engagement on a Global Stage
    8. Lessons from Caring for Climate: Informing a Theory of Collaborative Leadership
    9. Notes
    10. References
  18. 9. Climate Change Leadership: From Tragic to Comic Discourse
    1. Introduction
    2. First Generation Climate Leaders: Tragic and Catastrophic Discourse
    3. Al Gore
    4. James Hansen
    5. Bill McKibben
    6. Contemporary Climate Change Leaders: From Tragic to Comic Discourse
    7. Narrative Approaches
    8. Conclusion: Eco-Leadership at the Grassroots
    9. Interviews
    10. Notes
    11. References
  19. 10. Followers’ Self-Perception of Their Role in Addressing Climate Change: A Cultural Comparison
    1. Introduction
    2. Survey Themes and Data
    3. Cultural Context
    4. Educational Context
    5. Economic Context
    6. Media Context
    7. Relevance of Climate Change to Followers
    8. Role of Followers in Addressing Climate Change
    9. Conclusion
    10. References
  20. 11. Ending the Drought: Nurturing Environmental Leadership in Ethiopia
    1. Introduction
    2. The Impact of a Changing Climate in Ethiopia
    3. Government Initiatives to Address Climate Change
    4. Contextual Barriers to Environmental Leadership
    5. The Way Forward: Changing the Leadership Paradigm in Ethiopia
    6. Leveraging Cultural Resources for Change
    7. Adapting Global Leadership Discourses
    8. Concluding Implications
    9. References
  21. 12. We Don’t Conquer Mountains, We Understand Them: Embedding Indigenous Education in Australian Outdoor Education
    1. Acknowledgement
    2. Introduction
    3. Getting to Know Each Other
    4. A Fractured Country that Needs Unity
    5. The Importance of Connection
    6. Indigication
    7. Conclusion
    8. References
  22. 13. Critical Internal Shifts for Sustainable Leadership
    1. Introduction
    2. Levels of Intervention
    3. Worldviews and Deep Background Assumptions
    4. Four Worldview Shifts Needed for Sustainable Leaders
    5. Implications
    6. What Changes
    7. References
  23. 14. From Peril to Possibility: Restorative Leadership for a Sustainable Future
    1. Introduction
    2. Methodology
    3. Emergence of Restorative Leadership
    4. Restorative Leadership Principles in Practice
    5. Leadership is an Innate and Universal Capacity
    6. Awaken and Authorize, Advocate and Empower
    7. The World is an Interdependent and Integrated Whole
    8. Take the Long View
    9. Genius, Goodness, and Generosity Abound
    10. Ask and Listen, Align and Co-create
    11. Everything is Possible
    12. Transform Circumstances to Aligned Momentum
    13. Conclusion
    14. References
  24. Conclusion
    1. References
  25. Index

Product information

  • Title: Innovation in Environmental Leadership
  • Author(s): Benjamin W. Redekop, Deborah Rigling Gallagher, Rian Satterwhite
  • Release date: January 2018
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781351795388