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What is missing in traditional business education is personal development.This has left us with business leaders who do not consider the implications of their choices beyond the boundaries of their organizations. Leadership development is personal development. Agility and resilience are core to creating organizations that can support 9 billion people in a thriving world. Sustainability principles provide guidance for innovative personal and organizational development based on a systemic mindset. We need leaders who can design and facilitate strategic conversations and then mobilize employee and customer engagement and commitment to the innovative changes these strategies require.
I have the opportunity to draw inspiration from the hundreds of students who I have worked with at Presidio Graduate School who demonstrate the courage and resilience to lead in these complex, global environments. I use this to bring a fresh perspective to my work to guide leaders, develop their teams and transform their organizations.
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An earlier version of this paper appeared as ‘Waking Up at Work: Sustainability as a Catalyst for Organizational Change’ by Cynthia Scott and Andrew Bryson, in The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Issue 46, Summer 2012, pp. 139-158. This paper is included within the Sustainable Organization Library (SOL) collection and can be accessed here.
Read about the work that Cynthia’s team at Saatchi & Saatchi S designed for l.5 million employees at Walmart. The Personal Sustainability Project (PSP); incorporated positive psychology, activation of social networks and large-scale empowerment to generate ongoing behavior change and sustained action in thousands of individuals. Going beyond top down programs and events, PSP engaged people to link what made them happy to actions that related to their personal sustainability. These actions linked to a wide range of social, environmental, social and economic impact.
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