In an on-going attempt to understand contemporary leadership trends and solutions Dr Neil Sutherland (alongside Jem Bendell & Richard Little) has recently co-written an article covering topics of sustainability, well-being, critical social theory and leadership.
The article contributes to theory and practice by suggesting that by only valorising individual leaders, current leadership research is problematic and encourages unsustainable practice. Rather, it is suggested, practitioners should focus on developing overall leadership capacity: where discussion and deliberation are considered of utmost importance s every person takes on a level of accountability and responsibility for sustainability practices – whether this be environmental, social or ethical. In reconsidering leadership as something that an organisation collectively does, we will be more able to tackle complex contemporary issues and restore, reform or revolutionise how sustainability is approached.
The article appears as part of a Special Issue on ‘Leadership, Sustainability and Well-being’ in the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, also co-edited by Dr. Sutherland. The Special Issue can be found here: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/sampj