Being the change for climate change leadership

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 18 April 2008




Walker, P. (2008), "Being the change for climate change leadership", Strategic Direction, Vol. 24 No. 6.



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Being the change for climate change leadership

Article Type: Abstracts From: Strategic Direction, Volume 24, Issue 6.

Walker P. Organisations & People, November 2007, Vol. 14 No. 4, Start page: 9, No. of pages: 6

Purpose outlines how a workshop tackled the issue of climate leaders lack of congruence between their public position on the environment and the management of their personal environmental impact. Design/methodology/approach highlights the need for the development of climate change leaders to combat global warming and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Describes the problems faced by climate change leaders when their espoused beliefs run counter to their behaviour; illustrates with examples and argues that leaders of change need to work out ways that congruence can be achieved between what they believe and what they practice. Reports on a workshop organized by the Leadership for Environment and Development that explored some of these issues and which involved participants in a seven step programme; outlines how this involved, among other things, looking at their “ecological footprint”, mapping their congruence and exploring what a green leader would implement; reports on the feedback from the workshop. Originality/value spells out the steps taken at a climate leaders workshop to help people work out a congruence strategy.ISSN: 1350-6269Reference: 37AC136

Keywords: Change management, Environmental management, Leadership, Social responsibility, Sustainable development

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