Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Leadership and Sustainability

  • Stephen AllenEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_176


Leadership and sustainability – when processes of connecting people, things, and places are attempted with the purpose of taking action to address socio-ecological issues (e.g., climate change and biodiversity loss).


The aim of this entry is to briefly review connections between ideas about leadership and sustainability and consider some possible implications in higher education. Firstly, the context for seeking to address sustainability issues is introduced. Next, ideas about leadership are considered by explaining three different perspectives. In the following section, literature is reviewed that has made connections between sustainability and leadership, with some key challenges presented. Finally, some implications for society and higher education of taking leadership for sustainability are considered, with the closing section providing a summary of the entry.

The Context of Sustainability

To begin to consider leadership, we first need to appreciate,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Evangelos Manolas
    • 1
  1. 1.Democritus University of ThraceThraceGreece