Leadership for Earth

Values, thinking and practice

“Leadership development must support businesses to reframe their purpose, strategy and approach to value creation to [make the net zero transition] at the pace and scale required” (CISL, 2018:2). CISL’s Rewiring Leadership report outlines a three-dimensional approach to develop effective leadership, with a range of specific individual “capabilities that are required to lead change at the level of whole systems, to reconcile profitability” and net zero outcomes (CISL, 2018:1). The three dimensions encompass the following:

  1. Values: This includes the individual’s values, worldview and personal agency aligned to achieving purposeful leadership.
  2. Thinking: This encompasses the individual’s knowledge, contextual insight and the attitude they need to innovate new forms of commercial and societal value.
  3. Practices: This involves the leadership skills, activities and personal resilience necessary for the individual to experiment and deliver results aligned to the wider purpose.

(CISL, 2018)

The three-dimensional leadership framework enables organisations and individuals to identify any gaps in relation to the three dimensions. Organisations can then implement strategies to cultivate or strengthen these critical leadership capabilities across their workforce. For example, holding unconscious bias training or encouraging a systems-thinking approach across the organisation could help to develop some of the thinking skills necessary for leading change. An individual using this framework can also address any gaps in their skill set through individual practices such as reflective journaling or working with a mentor who is particularly skilled in the area identified for improvement.