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As the first book in the field of leadership studies to approach sustainability as a multi-faceted leadership challenge, Leadership for Environmental Sustainability will help to set the terms of the discussion on this topic among students, scholars, and practitioners of leadership for years to come. It explores the connection between leadership and sustainability from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, history, psychology, business, literature, communication, and the arts. With short chapters edited for readability, the book is aimed at scholars, practitioners, students, and educated lay readers interested in cutting-edge research and thinking on this topic.
'Redekop’s book places leadership and achieving environmental sustainability at center stage in the study of leadership. Examining sustainability from diverse viewpoints, this book would be highly appropriate as a stand-alone text for a course focusing on leadership and sustainability or as a supplemental text for a course in the principles of leadership.'- Peter G. Northouse, Western Michigan University, USA
'The book is a valuable resource for practitioners, educators and students from many disciplines and cultures. It offers a welcome diversity of perspectives that matches the expanse of today’s environmental leadership challenges.' - Barbara C. Crosby, University of Minnesota, USA
'I recommend this eclectic collection of original readings for a broad range of courses dealing with environmentalism, leadership and/or ethics. The articles’ diverse levels of analyses, many case studies, and wide range of disciplines provide engaging materials for a broad range of students; the short, well-written chapters make their ideas and evidence accessible; and the kaleidoscope of readings is apt to provoke class discussion. Importantly also, recognizing the possibility of overwhelming students with the enormity of the challenge to sustainability, by highlighting "green heroes" and other positive outcomes, the collection sketches for students a potential roadmap for successful activism.' - Eugene Hynes, Kettering University, USA
'This diverse collection of authors and viewpoints illuminates leadership for sustainability from several important and often neglected perspectives, including religion, art and third world farmers. All those interested in moving humankind toward sustainable practices and processes need to be aware of the range of leadership ideas that bear on it, and this collection of essays spans much of the range in a single book.' - John C. Gordon, Portland State University, USA
'Breathtaking in its intellectual scope. No reader will leave this book without gaining one or more new perspectives on environmental problem-solving.' - Paul F. Steinberg, University of California at Berkeley, USA
‘The combination of theory and practice, and inclusion of international cases, suit this applied, global topic well. The short chapters will communicate well with today’s students, including undergraduates and busy managers.’ - Gayle Avery, Macquarie University, Australia
'Taking the various anthropogenic environmental crises for granted and agreeing with the need for sustainability, defined as "living in a way that does not make things worse for future generations," the 15 essays presented here by Redekop (leadership studies, Christopher Newport U.) consider what the role of leadership is in terms of environmental sustainability from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, literature, religion and spirituality, psychology, communication, business, sociology, political science, and the arts.' -- © Feb 2011 Book News Inc.
Introduction: Connecting Leadership and Sustainability Benjamin Redekop 1. An Ecological Perspective on Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice Richard M. Wielkiewicz and Stephen P. Stelzner 2. Eco-Leadership: Towards the Development of a New Paradigm Simon Western 3. Challenges and Strategies of Leading for Sustainability Benjamin Redekop 4. Leadership and the Dynamics of Collaboration: Averting the Tragedy of the Commons Rob Williams 5. Leadership for Sustainability in Business: It's All About the Stories We Tell Martin Melaver 6. Green Heroes Re-examined: An Evaluation of Environmental Role Models Beth Birmingham and Stan Lequire 7. Communicating Leadership for Environmental Sustainability: The Rhetorical Strategies of Rachel Carson and Al Gore Denise Stodola 8. Artists as Transformative Leaders for Sustainability Jill Jacoby & Xia Ji 9. The Agrarian Mind and Good Leadership: Harvesting Insights from the Literary Field of Wendell Berry Paul Kaak 10. Leadership from Below: Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture in Ethiopia. Ezekiel Gebissa 11. The League of Nations and the Problems of Health and the Environment: Leadership for the Common Good in Historical Perspective Michael Callahan 12. Protest, Power, and "Political Somersaults:" Leadership Lessons from the German Green Party Heather McDougall 13. Religion, Leadership, and the Natural Environment: The Case of American Evangelicals Calvin Redekop 14. The Turn toward Spirituality and Environmental Leadership Corné Bekker 15. Deep Systems Leadership: A Model for the 21st Century Rian Satterwhite. Conclusion: Towards a New General Theory of Leadership
Business ethics is a site of contestation, both in theory and practice. For some it serves as a salve for the worst effects of capitalism, giving businesses the means self-regulate away from entrenched tendencies of malfeasance and exploitation. For others business ethics is a more personal matter, concerning the way that individuals can effectively wade through the moral quagmires that characterise so many dimensions of business life. Business ethics has also been conceived of as a fig leaf designed to allow business-as-usual to continue while covering over the less savoury practices so as to create an appearance of righteousness.
Across these and other approaches, what remains critical is to ensure that the ethics of business is the subject of incisive questioning, critical research, and diverse theoretical development. It is through such scholarly inquiry that the increasingly powerful purview of corporations and business activity can be interrogated, understood and, ultimately, reformulated. This series contributes to that goal by publishing the latest research and thinking across the broad terrain that characterised business ethics.
The series welcomes contributions in areas including: corporate social responsibility; critical approaches to business ethics; ethics and corporate governance; ethics and diversity; feminist ethics; globalization and business ethics; philosophical traditions of business ethics; postcolonialism and the ethics of business; production and supply chain ethics; resistance, political activism and ethics; sustainability, environmentalism and climate change; the ethics of corporate misconduct; the politics of business ethics; and worker’s rights.