1st Edition

Responsible Leadership Essential to the Achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Edited By Mike Saks Copyright 2023
    340 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With a range of well-respected voices from across the business, political, third sector and research spectrum, this important book provides an accessible insight into responsible leadership. It represents the most comprehensive and informed work on responsible leadership linked to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) produced to date.

    This carefully edited volume, based on a collaborative partnership between the Institute for Responsible Leadership (IRL) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), contains twenty chapters in seven parts which address the relationship between responsible leadership and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These original and accessible contributions discuss progress in a variety of areas relevant to the goals, including climate change and biodiversity, global health, cybercrime, human trafficking, corporate social responsibility, gender, education and social cohesion. The world-leading expert contributors are drawn from a wide range of societies and continents and cover key aspects of responsible leadership in a lively and impactful fashion.

    This book is for leaders at every level in the public, private and third sectors, students concerned with responsible leadership, academics and researchers studying leadership in different disciplinary fields, and all those committed to sustainable development and progressing the UN SDGs.

    Part I: Challenges of Responsible Leadership in a National and International Context 

    1. Responsible Leadership: Following the Spirit of Nelson Mandela 

    Mike Saks 

    2. Responsible Leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 

    Alex Mejía 

    Part II: Leadership and Social Responsibility 

    3. Constitutional Ethics, Human Rights and Responsible Leadership 

    James M. Durant III 

    4. Innovation and Responsible Leadership in Business and Industry 

    Sa’ad Sam Medhat 

    5. Cybercrime, Digital Technology and Responsible Leadership 

    Christiane Wuillamie 

    Part III: Responsible Leadership in the Private and Public Sector 

    6. Responsible Leadership and Good Governance 

    Colin Coulson-Thomas 

    7. Privatization, Poverty and Responsible Leadership 

    Guy Standing 

    8. Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Leadership 

    Michael Hopkins 

    Part IV: Communication and Responsible Leadership 

    9. Emotional Intelligence, Social Cohesion and Responsible Leadership 

    Mike Eldon  

    10. Intercultural Communication Competence for Responsible Leadership 

    Lixian Jin and Martin Cortazzi 

    11. Co-Responsible Leadership and Partnership  

    Rhiannon Lloyd and Brigid Carroll 

    Part V: Education, Professions and Responsible Leadership 

    12. School and College Education and Responsible Leadership  

    Julie Search-Whittaker and Adrian Sladdin 

    13. Responsible Leadership and Higher Education 

    Enver Yücel 

    14. Professions and Responsible Leadership 

    Mike Saks 

    Part VI: Responsible Leadership, the Environment and Global Health 

    15. COVID-19 and Global Human Health 

    Miwako Hosoda 

    16. Responsible Leadership, the Climate Crisis and Preserving Planetary Health 

    David Zakus 

    17. Biodiversity and Responsible Leadership 

    Edward Milner 

    Part VII: Diversity, Challenge and Change 

    18. Responsible Leadership Development: Gender, Diversity and the Route to the Top  

    Mahima Mitra, Andromachi Athanasopoulou, Sue Dopson and Michael Smets 

    19. Human Trafficking and Responsible Leadership 

    Louise Shelley 

    20. Youth, Social Media and Responsible Leadership 

    Sebastian Hofbauer


    Mike Saks is Emeritus Professor at the University of Suffolk and Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln and the University of Westminster, UK, and the University of Toronto, Canada. He is also Chair of the United Nations-endorsed Institute for Responsible Leadership. He has published extensively on health, professions, regulation and research methods.