Leaders are those who dare to dream, and dare to make their dreams come true. A leader is one who pilots a group towards a goal, the shepherd that guides the flock. Although in this day and age, simply being a leader is just not enough. What we need today are sustainability leaders, who we need are people who will lead to ensure not only a better today, but a better tomorrow and better days to come. What exactly does sustainable leadership mean though?
The term ‘sustainability’ is not something relatively new yet it is a theory often misunderstood. To most, the word usually conjures the thoughts of trees and the other usual imagery of the environment. It’s quite a short-sighted view on a far-seeing concept. Sustainability does indeed concern the environment but that is only a drop in the ocean. The definition of sustainability imparts itself perfectly to the impression of relaxing into, rather than resisting nature; sustainability is the capacity to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own. Sustainable leadership acknowledges the complex web between individuals, business, and society and the ecosystem, with the hopes that the organisation creates prosperity and social value as well as long term success, all while conserving our beloved Mother Earth. In its essence, sustainable leadership involves being compelled to make a change by intensifying their awareness of themselves in relation to the world around them. In doing so, they embrace new ways of perceiving, reasoning and interacting that result in innovative, sustainable solutions. They see beyond today, their eyes set on the horizon, not just on the bottom line. A sustainability leader fearlessly leads with and not over and are capable to adapt to change in order to make that difference that today’s world so truly needs. In the words of Robert Jarvik, “Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds...
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