The Institute for Sustainable Leadership promotes the science and practice of sustainable leadership through research and education.

Sustainable leadership refers to those behaviours, practices and systems that create enduring value for all stakeholders of organisations including investors, the environment, other species, future generations and the community.

The honeybee provides inspiration for sustainable leadership. Honeybees are collaborative and add value throughout the eco-chain. They contrast with locusts that, under the right conditions, form huge swarms and self-destruct causing massive damage in the process. Organisational leaders can choose between these two models.

With a strong practical orientation, our models and frameworks have been developed from observations of best practice organisations based in different parts of the world. However, the principles of sustainable leadership are also well supported by evidence gathered by an international network of affiliated university collaborators, including masters and doctoral research students.


We develop and publish scientific research into the theory and practice of sustainable leadership with the aim of helping practising managers.
We conduct two main kinds of research projects:
Academic research
Applied research.
We share the research results through training programs, publications and seminars.
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ISL organises a regular conference which provides an important forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest developments.
Our 2016 conference was in Bangkok, Thailand. Small numbers enable delegates to get to know one another and discuss issues in a convivial atmosphere.
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The Institute for Sustainable Leadership sends deep condolences to the people of Thailand on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


May he rest in peace.

ISL is grateful to have had the privilege of learning about King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and of seeing some of the many practical Royal projects and extensive benefits that his wise thinking bestowed on his people.



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Contact us to access ISL’s expertise as:

  • speakers – at conferences or other events
  • teachers – in learning and development programs
  • consultants – to support your company in becoming a honeybee organisation
  • researchers – evaluating the extent of sustainable practices in your organisation
  • advisers – for fireside chats and other discussions with the top team


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Sufficiency Thinking - the new book edited by ISL

Discover Thailand’s gift to an unsustainable world
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