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Challenges 2019, 10(1), 4;

Leadership Evolution for Planetary Health: A Genomics Perspective

School of Management, College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia
Department of Healthcare Management, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia 5042, Australia
Centre for Molecular and Medical Research, School of Medicine, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
Department of Paediatrics, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia
Molecular Epidemiology, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
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Received: 13 December 2018 / Revised: 11 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 January 2019 / Published: 15 January 2019
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We are living in the Anthropocene period, where human activity has become the dominant influence on climate and the environment. Addressing the question of how nature and societies will evolve in the Anthropocene is one of the grand challenges of our time. This challenge requires a new form of leadership, one capable of transmuting the eroding relationship between business, society and nature. Yet at this critical time, leadership theory is at a crossroads, with many arguing that leadership, as a field of study, should be abandoned. Operating in parallel to this Anthropocene challenge is an increasing understanding of the complexity of the genome, including the inherent plasticity of our genomic hierarchies, and the influence of the genome on health, disease and evolution. This has demanded a change in thinking to view the genome from an evolutionary systems perspective. To address the imbalance presented by the Anthropocene, we propose using a genomic lens as the basis for thinking about leadership evolution. In arguing this, we aim to provide the pathway for an improved synergistic relationship between business, society and nature, one that can guide the future of humanity in the unstable world we have created. View Full-Text
Keywords: leadership; genome; epigenetics; evolution; adaptation leadership; genome; epigenetics; evolution; adaptation
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Ryan, J.T.; Jones, S.; Hayes, P.A.; Craig, J.M. Leadership Evolution for Planetary Health: A Genomics Perspective. Challenges 2019, 10, 4.

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