leadership for sustainability

Developing a sense of co-responsibility we urgently need

More and more leaders begin to question whether the leadership contribution they make in their company is aligned with their innermost values. Some openly step out of companies and engage in different activities reflecting their values or they work towards inner enlightenment and sustainable outer action. Some also seek to engage within their companies in different activities responding to their human values: they might begin to steer their companies towards greater corporate citizenship or social responsibility. In light of the world’s development many leaders begin to re-define their leadership contribution.

"There is hope that the leadership in global as well as local organizations will respond, out of a sense of interconnectedness and co-responsibility, to questions about human dignity, inclusiveness, and fairer distribution of wealth.

It might finally respond to the call for a sustainable world.

However, since every business, every organization is made up of individuals, there is very little chance of a change in consciousness unless the change also takes place within each individual."

Petra Kuenkel (2008) Mind and Heart -Mapping Your Personal Journey Towards Leadership for Sustainability, Collective Leadership Institute, Potsdam, www.collectiveleadership.com

aking responsibility for shaping a social and ecologic globalisation is a central challenge for executives in internationally operating corporations and institutions.

Every change in an organization towards more sustainable action in the world results from the choices made by dedicated people. Leaders who examine their lives, their choices, and their values can begin to experience themselves as co-creators of an interconnected reality.

Sustainability engagement needs special competencies, including knowledge about the challenges of globalization, dialogue skills, relationship management in cross-sector co-operations and the knowledge how to design consensus building processes in a result-oriented way.