Honeybees and Locusts

The business case for sustainable leadership

Gayle C. Avery and Harald Bergsteiner
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An evidence-based guide to sustainable leadership practices which benefit customers, employees and shareholders alike.

'Avery and Bergsteiner have identified 23 leadership practices that enable organizations to survive and thrive in both good and bad economies. This is a book worth reading, and using!' - Professor Dave Ulrich, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and Partner, The RBL Group

Since biblical times, honeybees and locusts have represented creation and destruction. Honeybees build community and ecosystems; locusts eat green fields bare. Avery and Bergsteiner use these insects to illustrate two dominant leadership philosophies. Organizational honeybee behaviour leads to more sustainable and more profitable long-term results; locust behaviour can bring short term profit but ultimately diminishes the organization.

Avery and Bergsteiner's extensive research in companies around the world identifies 23 practices that drive genuinely sustainable leadership. More than a triple bottom line approach, these practices protect a firm's brand and competitive advantage, create customer and employee satisfaction, drive long term performance and shareholder value and make for a more sustainable world. Honeybees and Locusts is compelling reading for managers looking for an evidence-based approach to achieving quantum leaps in organizational performance.

Author bio:

Gayle C. Avery is Professor of Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership. She is co-author of Psychology at Work, and author of Understanding Leadership and Leadership for Sustainable Futures. Harald Bergsteiner was adjunct professor at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and is a co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership.

Category: Business & Management
ISBN: 9781742373935
Table Of Contents: Preface


Chapter 1: Sustainable Enterprises

What is sustainable leadership?

Degrees of commitment to sustainable business practices

Leadership and its cultural context

Locust vs Honeybee leadership

Questioning business-as-usual

Chapter 2: Elements of Sustainable Leadership

Distinguishing Honeybee and Locust leadership

Elements form a system

Performance outcomes

Missing elements?

Forms of sustainable enterprise

Chapter 3: Foundation Practices

Developing people

Labour relations

Staff retention

Succession planning

Valuing employees

CEO and top team


Long-term vs short-term perspective

Organisational change

Financial market independence

Responsibility for the environment

Social responsibility

Stakeholder consideration


Chapter 4: Higher-level Practices and Key Performance Drivers

Higher-level practices


Self-managing emplo
Publisher: A&U Academic
Imprint: A&U Academic
Pub Date: September 2010
Page Extent: 288
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Management: leadership & motivation