"Environmental Leadership Equals Essential Leadership" by John C. Gordon

Environmental Leadership Equals Essential Leadership Redefining Who Leads and How John C. Gordon, Joyce K. Berry, Norman L. Christensen

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
11 Sep 2012
ISBN:
9780300111347
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
160 pages: 203 x 133mm

The important new approach to leadership that John Gordon and Joyce Berry explain in this book is built upon the experiences of environmental and natural resource organizations as they contend with complex, long-term problems. But the lessons learned apply beyond these groups--to all modern organizations, for-profit and non-profit, that are dealing with the complicated conditions of the twenty-first century.
Leadership is a learned skill and can be acquired by anyone willing to make the effort, say the authors. And, through case studies of a variety of organizations, they emphasize that all members of productive groups must be ready to take the lead when their specific skills are most relevant to the problem at hand. The authors analyze how organizations and individuals can adopt this new leadership mode, and they discuss the results of a recent survey of leadership ideas and attitudes among active environmental leaders. Shifting emphasis away from celebrated leaders on the world stage, Gordon and Berry focus on “essential” leadership—the kind that engages each member of an organization on an everyday basis.

John C. Gordon is Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies Emeritus, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; chairman, Interforest LLC; and chairman, The Candlewood Timber Group. Joyce K. Berry is dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University.

"There is a genuine need for this book. ‘Green organizations’ are increasingly showing themselves to be in need of better leadership and management. And all businesses will, in due course, become green ones."—Garry D. Brewer, Yale School of Organization and Management


"Gordon and Berry tap the experience and wisdom of those who have actually and successfully addressed highly significant organizational problems related to the environment."—Jack Ward Thomas, Chief Emeritus, U.S. Forest Service


"Leading a major university calls for precisely the skills John Gordon and Joyce Berry describe in this book. Even after a lifetime of practicing environmental leadership, I find useful insights and reminders in every chapter. Environmental Leadership Equals Essential Leadership should be required reading for the leader of every not-for-profit and for-profit organization."—Jared L. Cohon, President, Carnegie Mellon University


"Leadership is an elusive concept typically taught as a systemized process. This book is unique in contextualizing leadership skills. This book should be placed by one’s night table and reread frequently."—Kristiina Vogt, author of Forests and Society: Sustainability and Life Cycles of Forests in Human Landscapes