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.Find out more


ISL organises a regular conference providing an important forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest developments.
Our 2015 conference will be in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Numbers are deliberately kept small so people can attend all sessions, get to know one another and discuss issues in a convivial atmosphere, so register early!Find out more

Study Tours

We run tailored study tours for CEOs, CFOs and middle managers, or for special interest groups. Groups are kept to a limit of 20 participants.
Topics include sustainable leadership, operations, innovation, renewable energy, social responsibility, and responsible finance with specific learning outcomes.Read more


Keep up-to-date with all of ISL's activities by subscribing to our free ISL Newsletters sent by email. We publish around 3-4 a year.
You can also read the current and past issues online. View and sign up now

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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2015 ISL Conference registration now open

Final papers are now due. Publish your paper in Sustainability!

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