Leadership for Environmental Sustainability
Edited by Benjamin W. Redekop
Routledge – 2010 – 272 pages
As the first book in the field of leadership studies to approach sustainability as a multi-faceted leadership challenge, Leadership for Environmental Sustainability will help to set the terms of the discussion on this topic among students, scholars, and practitioners of leadership for years to come. It explores the connection between leadership and sustainability from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, history, psychology, business, literature, communication, and the arts. With short chapters edited for readability, the book is aimed at scholars, practitioners, students, and educated lay readers interested in cutting-edge research and thinking on this topic.
'Redekop’s book places leadership and achieving environmental sustainability at center stage in the study of leadership. Examining sustainability from diverse viewpoints, this book would be highly appropriate as a stand-alone text for a course focusing on leadership and sustainability or as a supplemental text for a course in the principles of leadership.'- Peter G. Northouse, Western Michigan University, USA
'The book is a valuable resource for practitioners, educators and students from many disciplines and cultures. It offers a welcome diversity of perspectives that matches the expanse of today’s environmental leadership challenges.' - Barbara C. Crosby, University of Minnesota, USA
'I recommend this eclectic collection of original readings for a broad range of courses dealing with environmentalism, leadership and/or ethics. The articles’ diverse levels of analyses, many case studies, and wide range of disciplines provide engaging materials for a broad range of students; the short, well-written chapters make their ideas and evidence accessible; and the kaleidoscope of readings is apt to provoke class discussion. Importantly also, recognizing the possibility of overwhelming students with the enormity of the challenge to sustainability, by highlighting "green heroes" and other positive outcomes, the collection sketches for students a potential roadmap for successful activism.' - Eugene Hynes, Kettering University, USA
'This diverse collection of authors and viewpoints illuminates leadership for sustainability from several important and often neglected perspectives, including religion, art and third world farmers. All those interested in moving humankind toward sustainable practices and processes need to be aware of the range of leadership ideas that bear on it, and this collection of essays spans much of the range in a single book.' - John C. Gordon, Portland State University, USA
'Breathtaking in its intellectual scope. No reader will leave this book without gaining one or more new perspectives on environmental problem-solving.' - Paul F. Steinberg, University of California at Berkeley, USA
‘The combination of theory and practice, and inclusion of international cases, suit this applied, global topic well. The short chapters will communicate well with today’s students, including undergraduates and busy managers.’ - Gayle Avery, Macquarie University, Australia
'Taking the various anthropogenic environmental crises for granted and agreeing with the need for sustainability, defined as "living in a way that does not make things worse for future generations," the 15 essays presented here by Redekop (leadership studies, Christopher Newport U.) consider what the role of leadership is in terms of environmental sustainability from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, literature, religion and spirituality, psychology, communication, business, sociology, political science, and the arts.' -- © Feb 2011 Book News Inc.
Introduction: Connecting Leadership and Sustainability Benjamin Redekop 1. An Ecological Perspective on Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice Richard M. Wielkiewicz and Stephen P. Stelzner 2. Eco-Leadership: Towards the Development of a New Paradigm Simon Western 3. Challenges and Strategies of Leading for Sustainability Benjamin Redekop 4. Leadership and the Dynamics of Collaboration: Averting the Tragedy of the Commons Rob Williams 5. Leadership for Sustainability in Business: It's All About the Stories We Tell Martin Melaver 6. Green Heroes Re-examined: An Evaluation of Environmental Role Models Beth Birmingham and Stan Lequire 7. Communicating Leadership for Environmental Sustainability: The Rhetorical Strategies of Rachel Carson and Al Gore Denise Stodola 8. Artists as Transformative Leaders for Sustainability Jill Jacoby & Xia Ji 9. The Agrarian Mind and Good Leadership: Harvesting Insights from the Literary Field of Wendell Berry Paul Kaak 10. Leadership from Below: Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture in Ethiopia. Ezekiel Gebissa 11. The League of Nations and the Problems of Health and the Environment: Leadership for the Common Good in Historical Perspective Michael Callahan 12. Protest, Power, and "Political Somersaults:" Leadership Lessons from the German Green Party Heather McDougall 13. Religion, Leadership, and the Natural Environment: The Case of American Evangelicals Calvin Redekop 14. The Turn toward Spirituality and Environmental Leadership Corné Bekker 15. Deep Systems Leadership: A Model for the 21st Century Rian Satterwhite. Conclusion: Towards a New General Theory of Leadership
Benjamin W. Redekop is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at Christopher Newport University. His publications include Enlightenment and Community (McGill-Queens University Press, 2000), Power, Authority, and the Anabaptist Tradition (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), and articles in Leadership Quarterly, Management Decision, The Encylopedia of Sustainability, Building Leadership Bridges, and Journal of Practical Consulting.