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Sustainable Leadership

Honeybee and Locust Approaches

By Gayle C. Avery, Harald Bergsteiner

© 2011 – Routledge

274 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415891394
pub: 2011-03-07
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The business case for operating along sustainable principles is becoming very clear. Sustainable organizations outperform their peers on many criteria, including corporate social responsibility, employee satisfaction and – surprising for some – even financially.

Sustainable Leadership: Honeybee and Locust Approaches presents an evidence-based view of how 23 leadership practices facilitate outcomes that go beyond what is commonly referred to as the triple bottom line – environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility and financial success. The book centers on a powerful metaphor of honeybee and locust behaviors, which illustrate two leadership philosophies with very different outcomes for a business and its viability. Gathering evidence from scholars combined with observations from successful firms around the world, the book presents a bundle of principles, behaviors and beliefs that forms a sustainable leadership system.

This engaging, insightful book offers a set of principles that can be adapted in many ways to underpin sustainable leadership in different situations. It provides evidence and a rationale for building a business case to change towards more sustainable practices.

Table of Contents

1. Sustainable Enterprises 2. Elements of Sustainable Leadership 3. Foundation Practices 4. Higher-level Practices and Key Performance Drivers 5. Performance Outcomes as Leadership Practices Interact 6. Epilogue: After the Global Financial Crisis

About the Authors

Gayle C. Avery is Professor of Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia, and co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership ( She has authored a number of books on leadership and sustainability.

Harald Bergsteiner was Adjunct Professor at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia, and is a co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology