Sustainability Leadership: Young People’s Role

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 April 4, 2013  |  FB Photoshare by: Monet Alivio, Photo: The UPenn Campus   |  Thanks to Kola. We share this as our guest editorial from his Blog that appeared in the British Council. Salamat also for Rommel Ross for the “lead”.

Today’s world problem are more complex than ever highly interconnected and interdependent. No longer are the models of traditional leaders adequate for the shared and interconnected challenges that affect our increasingly global community.

Even today’s most successful leaders find their worlds overwhelmingly complex. Yet, I believe young people have an extraordinary ability to expand consciousness and generate actions, turning complex challenges into platforms for change.

To deal with our collective problems we need to use style of leadership that will help us collectively embrace fundamental changes in our underlying values and ethics that affect our societies, communities and ways of living. If you are seeking to make change it is much more difficult alone. “No man is an island”, so goes the saying. Therefore it is important to get other people on board.

Community involvement in issues that directly affects the public creates a sense of solidarity between community members: young and old. Leadership by values and leadership by teams and networks of committed individuals make things happen.

Teamwork and cooperation are the key to sustainability leadership rather that following the order or instruction of a powerful leader. “Ideas are not in themselves enough. Ideas must be woven together into a viable and coherent strategy.”

But the ideas must fit into a larger scheme” according to Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Leaders go first with the new idea or higher goal. Be willing to look at an old challenge in a new way. If we keep doing what we have always done we will keep getting what we have always gotten.

Challenge yourself to think outside the box and surround yourself with others who do the same. In addition that sustainability leaders will need to be able to be proficient in systemic thinking, initiate teamwork and have the capacity for innovation, they have to embody a lifestyle founded on a set of ethics that focuses on the importance of shared responsibility and the common good.

Now is the time we develop leader for Sustainability Age!

And to think that our Council is in the “aging process” we need to look forward to our young people getting in to get into that “sustainable stage of leadership” for the future of our Council. Have a nice weekend!



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