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.
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.
Business & Management
Table Of Contents:
Chapter 1: Sustainable Enterprises
What is sustainable leadership?
Degrees of commitment to sustainable business practices
Leadership and its cultural context
Locust vs Honeybee leadership
Chapter 2: Elements of Sustainable Leadership
Distinguishing Honeybee and Locust leadership
Elements form a system
Forms of sustainable enterprise
Chapter 3: Foundation Practices
CEO and top team
Long-term vs short-term perspective
Financial market independence
Responsibility for the environment
Chapter 4: Higher-level Practices and Key Performance Drivers
Paperback - C format
Management: leadership & motivation