Special Issue "Sustainable Leadership and Management"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Gayle C. Avery
Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, 2109 NSW, Australia; and CEO, Institute for Sustainable Leadership (ISL), PO Box 6168, Pymble, NSW Australia
Website: http://www.mgsm.edu.au/research-and-faculty/mgsm-faculty/professor-gayle-avery
Interests: sustainable leadership; management development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable leadership and management refer to approaches that promote organizational performance, productivity and profitability, while serving people and the planet. Enterprises embracing sustainable leadership principles develop an interrelated set of systems, processes and cultures that promote resilience and high performance within the organization. Firmly embedded in the organizational culture, sustainable leadership practices influence the way in which managers, leaders and followers throughout the organization carry out their roles.

Resilient high performing enterprises seem to follow a completely different leadership philosophy from business-as-usual. Alternatives to the short-term, shareholder-centric leadership philosophy behind “business-as-usual” are increasingly supported by research findings.

In this issue we seek answers to the following questions: What are the components of sustainable leadership and management? What is it that distinguishes firms able to survive and thrive in turbulent times from their poorer performing competitors? If managers and leaders know that sustainable leadership practices are likely to lead to better outcomes for the organization, why don’t they adopt these practices? What are the barriers to adoption? How does the nature of sustainable leadership and management vary in different cultures and contexts?

Prof. Dr. Gayle C. Avery
Guest Editor


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  • sustainable leadership practices
  • management
  • human resource management
  • change
  • performance
  • productivity
  • resilience

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Sustainability 2015, 7(3), 2980-3000; doi:10.3390/su7032980
Received: 24 January 2015 / Revised: 5 March 2015 / Accepted: 9 March 2015 / Published: 12 March 2015
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Sustainability 2015, 7(1), 537-562; doi:10.3390/su7010537
Received: 14 October 2014 / Accepted: 23 December 2014 / Published: 6 January 2015
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