Leadership for sustainability: Principles from an Aboriginal society

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Humanity’s long history in sustainable leadership can be seen in the ancient
cultures of the Australian Aborigines dating back some 40,000 years. Ecological
records show that Aboriginal peoples had achieved a balance between sustaining
and exploiting their environment in the absence of formal leadership as we know
it. This chapter identifies a set of leadership rules that the Nhunggabarra people
used to sustain their society, with some rules aimed at the leader and others
aimed at the collective. Key principles included the need to keep all stakeholders
alive and for individuals to learn and develop. The Nhunggabarra leadership
philosophy also revolved around the concept of symmetrical power – balancing
the power held by individual experts with the power of the collective – as well as
around respect for others. Unfortunately, largely through Western diseases and
atrocities the Nhunggabarra people have almost disappeared from their home
country, taking their sustainability lessons with them.
Titel på värdpublikationFresh Thoughts in Sustainable Leadership
RedaktörerGayle C. Avery, Bronwyn Hughes
Antal sidor11
FörlagTUP - Tilde university press
ISBN (tryckt)978-0-7346-1135-2
StatusPublicerad - 2013
MoE-publikationstypB2 Del av en bok eller annat samlingsverk


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Styrkeområden och områden med hög potential (AoS och AoHP)

  • AoS: Ansvarsfull organisering
  • AoS: Att leda för tillväxt och välmående


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