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Leadership in Sustainability


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: a 3500-word individual report (100%)

Module description

Sustainable leaders are needed to understand the increasingly complex world and society we live in. Organisations need to create new ways of working that support the interdependent systems of people, business and the global environment. As decision-makers who view people, systems and the environment as integral parts of the business eco-system, these leaders will learn to embed long-term sustainable practices and strategies that will create regenerative opportunities for their organisations.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Introduction to leadership theories
  • The environmental impact of business
  • The social impact of business
  • Critical understanding of environmental assessments and operations
  • Sustainable business model innovation
  • Purpose-driven leadership
  • Organisational culture change and the purpose of the organisation
  • Stakeholder integration
  • Leading eco-system change: a regenerative approach

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • have a clear understanding of making sustainable decisions as a leader
  • have developed a big picture view (systems thinking) in your leadership practices, understanding leadership in sustainability as part of a wider eco system
  • be able to communicate the connections between economic and environmental success
  • be able to apply practical leadership tools to enable a sustainable business outcome.