Sustainability Leadership: Linking Theory and Practice

14 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2011  

Wayne Visser

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Polly Courtice

University of Cambridge - Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership

Date Written: October 21, 2011

Abstract

The paper aims to create a clearer understanding of the nature of sustainability leadership and how it can contribute to transformational change. It does this by locating sustainability within the leadership literature, defining the concept of sustainability leadership, and presenting a model of sustainability leadership in practice. The model was tested with a sample of senior business leaders and refined in line with their feedback. The model presents insights on sustainability leadership in three areas: context, individual characteristics, and actions. The model is illustrated using quotes from senior business leaders that are focused on sustainability in their organizations.

Keywords: sustainability, leadership, sustainable development, csr, sustainability leadership, corporate social responsibility

JEL Classification: M14, L10, L20, M10, M12

Suggested Citation

Visser, Wayne and Courtice, Polly, Sustainability Leadership: Linking Theory and Practice (October 21, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1947221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1947221

Wayne Visser (Contact Author)

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership ( email )

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Cambridge, CB2 1QA
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk

Polly Courtice

University of Cambridge - Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership ( email )

1 Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 1QA
United Kingdom

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