Title: Leading sustainability

Authors: Thomas Grisham

Addresses: St. Petersburg College, University of South Florida, Grisham Consulting, Inc., 4550 Plaza Way, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706, USA

Abstract: Many firms and organisations have embraced the longer view of their relationship and responsibility to the bottom-line, the environment, society, and their employees. Concurrently, standards for sustainability such as corporate social responsibility (CSR), the triple bottom line, and the triple bottom line +1 are evolving, as the pace of globalisation increases. This paper will briefly explore sustainability and the pressure placed on it by globalisation, and how this creates the need for leadership. The paper will provide an overview of recent research on cross-cultural leadership intelligence (XLQ). The paper will then correlate sustainability to the XLQ dimensions. It will close by discussing the dimensions and skills that are necessary to lead sustainability in a multi-cultural environment where norms, values, and beliefs vary widely.

Keywords: sustainability; cross-cultural leadership; leadership intelligence; XLQ; globalisation; triple bottom line; TBL; sustainable development; multi-cultural environments; culture; corporate social responsibility; CSR.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2009.021700

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2009 Vol.5 No.1, pp.42 - 55

Published online: 30 Nov 2008 *

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