Special Issue: 10-Year Anniversary Edition

The Sustainability Challenge: Adapting Leadership to a Global Phenomenon

Stephenie Dickert
PG Student (MAIS)
Published December 11, 2020


This paper examines the impact of the sustainability movement on leadership in the public, private and non-profit sectors; specifically by exploring the various challenges and opportunities that leaders in all sectors face in navigating this relatively new phenomenon.  Numerous definitions and critiques of sustainability will suggest that it is a complex problem space currently lacking consensus on best practice, methodologies in application, and even desired end-state.  While sustainability presents various challenges that are resulting in adapted leadership competencies to cope; there are also abundant opportunities for value-creation and innovation which are in line with sustainability leadership. It is suggested that leaders may leverage this global phenomenon to create value for themselves and within their sectors.