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:
We share the research results through training programs, publications and seminars.
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.
Listen online to this podcast. It’s a fascinating conversation on sustainable leadership, ISL’s work in Thailand and details on the new book.
Macquarie University have created a podcast of Prof. Gayle Avery being interviewed by Ben Mckelvey as part of Macquarie University’s Pioneering minds series.
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