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Leadership for Sustainability and Change

We live in challenging times. New leaders are enhancing their "inner game" to maximize their organizational impact, and using the principles of sustainability to help their organizations thrive and innovate in response to 21st century challenges.

Leadership for Sustainability and Change is a concise, practical and energizing distillation of what is working for today's most successful sustainability leaders. It provides a clear set of actions you can take to generate transformation, with results yielding market advantage, eco-efficiency, product or service innovation, personal resilience and engaged communities.

Learn from the experience of successful sustainability leaders how to: build personal resilience and agility to lead change for the long-run; sustain innovation that is released in bursts of focused "energy for good"; draw attention to what is working by focusing on the power of small differences; decrease resistance and increase motivation with a change acceleration model; identify stages of individual and organizational readiness for change; use rapid prototyping to increase group engagement; tell compelling stories to encourage teams to initiate action.

Leadership for Sustainability and Change offers guidance for leaders who are shaping the future of sustainability within their organizations. The book includes a simple framework for assessing your progress, so that you can revisit the tools and processes you need most.

The authors creatively extend the conceptualization of the term “sustainability” in a way that provides paths for meaningful application in organizations of all kinds. The text offers an engaging discussion on a confluence of interests and incentives for likely and unlikely allies. The authors also provide “golden nuggets” of ideas for leading change and sustainability that are drawn from the fields of management, leadership, systems, and innovation.

Dr Robert E. Colvin, Christopher Newport University

Introduction: You (yes, you!) can lead sustainability change

Part I: A new leader is emerging

1. Sustainability is a journey

2. New leaders need new skills

Part II: Navigational tools for leaders

3. Beware of benchmarking

4. Sense, scout, synthesize, steer

Part III: Maintaining resilience and agility

5. Have a purpose

6. Transparency not perfection

7. Living in legacy

8. Make sustainability your brand

9. Stay strengths focused

10. Preventing burnout

11. Leading for sustainability and change

CYNTHIA SCOTT is an organizational change leader and provides inspiration and practical tools for leaders implementing sustainability in their organizations. TAMMY ESTEVES brings both practical and academic experience to the field of public administration.

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