1st Edition

Innovation in Environmental Leadership Critical Perspectives

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 Leadership offers 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 book provides 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.


    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


    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.