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Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Development

1st Edition

By Chris Maser

CRC Press

272 pages

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Paperback: 9781574441888
pub: 1998-08-18
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Effective leadership-or lack of it-makes a critical difference in the conception, implementation, and endurance of community endeavors.

In his travels as an environmental consultant and lecturer, Chris Maser has seen the dilemma many times: "I have taken part in so-called community visioning processes, in which it was patently clear that the people conducting the process knew nothing about a vision, or how to create one.

"It has been my experience that the vast majority of people cannot lead because they do not know what the inner qualities of leadership are…"

Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Development explores the seldom-considered philosophical basis behind the models and methods of leadership, pointing the way to the essential qualities it takes to establish a shared vision of community life.

Divided into two parts-shared vision and leadership-Maser explores numerous issues and considerations to cultivate well-rounded leadership, and provide a more substantive blueprint for local activism.

As with the previous and forthcoming volumes in the Sustainable Community Development series, Maser recognizes the increasing importance of local communities to take charge of the issues most directly affecting the environment.

Table of Contents

A Shared Vision-the Gateway to a Community's Future

The Prime Directive

Why Is a Shared Vision Important?

The Concept of Community

True Community is Founded on a Sense of Place, History, and Trust

Local Community Under Stress

Shades of Community, A Lesson From Birds

The Existence of Community Depends on How We Treat One Another

Questions We Need to Ask

Who Are We as a Culture?

What Legacy Do We Want to Leave Our Children?

What Legacy Do Our Children Want Us to Leave Them?

Understanding a Vision, Goals and Objectives

World View



Defining Vision, Goals, and Objectives

Making Abstractions Into Concrete Experiences

Reframing a Negative as a Positive

The Outcome of a Vision is Expressed in the Negotiability of Constraints

Monitoring Tests the Effectiveness of Constraints

The Essence of Leadership

True Leadership

Personal Values and Philosophy of Life

Characteristics of an Effective Leader

Coping With the Responsibilities and Pressures of Leadership

Circumstances Faced by Leaders

Leadership Within Organizations


About the Series

Sustainable Community Development

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection