Leading on Sustainability: Preparing future leaders for business in the 21st century
A ten-month development programme provided through a partnership between Business in the Community and the Department of Management Learning & Leadership at Lancaster University Management School.
Workshops in detail
PLEASE NOTE: this page describes the features of the workshops on the first programme which ran in 2010. Final arrangements for the programme beginning in May 2012 are still being made and we expect it to follow a similar pattern
Workshops 1 & 2: Mapping sustainability issues; Taking leadership for sustainability
- Presentations on the science and politics of climate change
- Presentation on the business challenges and opportunities of sustainability in the North West
- Introductions to action learning and the LSLN
- Development of the learning community
- Starting participants' individual project work
Workshop 3: Practising sustainability organization-wide
The workshop will feature: a case study of an organization that has integrated attention to sustainability organization-wide and at multiple levels. This will give programme participants opportunities to critically evaluate the case, discuss what is happening in their own organizations, and consider potential next steps in achieving impacts for sustainability.
Note: Each workshop will also include some time in Action Learning sets for participants to review their actions so far and plan next steps.
Workshop 4: Systemic thinking for complex issues
Scope: The journey towards environmental sustainability is complex and multi-faceted. Thinking systemically, rather than in isolation, will be key to ensure that environmental, economic and social benefits result and that any changes become embedded. This workshop will explore how to apply systemic thinking in action for leadership.
Workshop 5: Organizational change for sustainability
Features: Embedding a more sustainable business model requires significant organizational change. This workshop will explore the issues around influencing and facilitating change. These include identifying and engaging key stakeholders, influencing from a position of limited official power, understanding and working with organizational politic. The workshop will draw on theories and models that can be applied in real life situations as well as learning from the experiences of people who have successfully played the change agent role.
Workshop 6: Reviewing leadership learning and planning next steps
What have we learned? This workshop will provide the opportunity to reflect and share the learning achieved throughout the programme and the challenges and successes that participants have experienced. There will also be time to look ahead to create an action plan for next steps.
If you would like to register for the programme or have a preliminary discussion - please contact:
Tel: 0161 233 7772
Business in the Community - mobilises business for good. Members commit to continually improve how they manage resources wisely – be that their people or planet. Its power is in demonstrating the positive impact business can have on society and in so doing help build trust and understanding of the value of business.