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Innovation in Environmental Leadership

Critical Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Benjamin W. Redekop, Deborah Rigling Gallagher, Rian Satterwhite


246 pages

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Innovation in Environmental Leadership offers innovative approaches to leadership from a post-industrial and ecological vantage point. Chapters in this collection are written by leading scholars and practitioners of environmental leadership from around the globe, and are informed by a variety of critical perspectives, including post-heroic approaches, systems thinking, and the emerging insights of Critical Leadership Studies (CLS).

By taking the natural environment seriously as a foundational context for leadership, Innovation in Environmental Leadershipoffers fresh insights and compelling visions of leadership pertinent to 21st century environmental and social challenges. Concepts and understandings of leadership emerged as part of an extractive industrial system; this work asks its readers to re-think what leadership looks like in an ecologically sustainable biological system.

This bookprovides fresh insights and critical perspectives on the vibrant and growing field of environmental leadership. It shows the latest state of knowledge on the topic and will be of interest both to students at an advanced level, academics and reflective practitioners. It addresses the topics with regard to leadership theory and environmental leadership and will be of interest to researchers, academics, and students in the fields of sustainability, environmental ethics, natural resource management, environmental studies, business management, public policy, and environmental management.

Table of Contents


Benjamin W. Redekop, Deborah Rigling Gallagher, and Rian Satterwhite

1. The Seven Unsustainabilities of Mainstream Leadership

Jem Bendell, Richard Little, and Neil Sutherland

2. A Case for Universal Contexts: Intersections of the Biosphere, Systems, and Justice Using a Critical Constructionist Lens

Rian Satterwhite

3. The Eco-Leadership Paradox

Simon Western

4. Sustainable Leadership: Toward Restoring the Human and Natural World.

Tina Evans

5. Eco-leadership, Complexity Science, and 21st Century Organizations: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis.

D. Adam Cletzer and Eric K. Kaufman

6. Towards an Understanding of the Relationship Between the Study of Leadership and the Natural World

Robert McManus

7. The Unseen Revolution: Leadership for Sustainability in the Tropical Biosphere

Paul Kosempel, Linda G. Olson, and Filiberto Penados

8. Heroes No More: Businesses Practice Collaborative Leadership to Confront Climate Change

Deborah Rigling Gallagher

9. Climate Change Leadership: From Tragic to Comic Discourse

Benjamin Redekop and Morgan Thomas

10. Followers’ Self-Perception of their Role in Addressing Climate Change: A Cultural Comparison

David J. Brown and Robert M. McManus

11. Ending the Drought: Nurturing Environmental Leadership in Ethiopia

Fentahun Mengistu, Girma Shimellis, and Vachel Miller

12. We Don’t Conquer Mountains, We Understand Them: Embedding Indigenous Education in Australian Outdoor Education

Shawn Andrews

13. Critical Internal Shifts for Sustainable Leadership

Kathleen E. Allen

14. From Peril to Possibility: Restorative Leadership for a Sustainable Future

Seana Lowe Steffen


Benjamin W. Redekop, Deborah Rigling Gallagher, and Rian Satterwhite

About the Editors

Benjamin W. Redekop is Professor of Leadership Studies at Christopher Newport University, USA.

Deborah Rigling Gallagher is Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy at Duke University, USA.

Rian Satterwhite is Director of Service Learning and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Leadership Research

Routledge are pleased to announce a new research series focusing on leadership. Designed for scholars and researchers within the field, as well as executives and administrators, it will reflect cutting edge international leadership research. Relevant to all aspects of business conduct for individuals and organizations, books in this new series will analyse emerging and critical perspectives on leadership research, and reflect the discipline from organizational and political perspectives as well as those of individual leaders such as CEOs.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics