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Developing leaders for a Sustainable Future

Authors: The Work Foundation Guest blog by John Burgoyne, Professor of Management Learning at LUMS

22 February 2011

With the challenging times facing Britain, there is an increasing need for organisations to become more sustainable, both economically and environmentally, and to contribute to a sustainable future. Here, in the Department of Management Learning and Leadership at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) we believe that developing innovative leadership is central to engaging with these challenges, opportunities and solutions.


So how can we develop leadership for a sustainable future? This is the focus of the first event to be hosted at The Work Foundation by LUMS since the announcement of the new alliance between Lancaster University and The Work Foundation. 


Together with reflective and challenging inputs from colleagues Will Hutton and Professor Judi Marshall, we will explore how public policy, organisations and individuals can develop innovative leadership to engage in systemic change for a sustainable and socially just society.


I am particularly interested in how we can apply ideas from research through developing leaders. I am therefore delighted to be able to participate alongside these leading thinkers to explore one of my current research interests: network theory and how it can help us think about change for sustainability. Linked to this, I also want to explore how ‘information pollution’ places demands on our identities and emotions, with potential psychological, physical and economic costs.


Picking up on some of the themes of his most recent book, Will Hutton will look at important issues of fairness in work and employment. He will analyse some of the factors shaping current challenges and affecting our choices for taking effective action, reviewing their implications for policy and practice.


Professor Judi Marshall has a significant track-record of addressing sustainability and social justice through management education, and is co-editor of the forthcoming Leadership for Sustainability: An action research approach due out in April. She will discuss the skills, opportunities and challenges of leadership for sustainability, outlining choices people pursuing ‘responsible careers’ face as they seek to contribute to systemic change.

This event provides an opportunity to take part in important current debates that are shaping the future of society and to discuss the key career issues for individuals and organisations. In addition to the speaker sessions, group debates and panel discussion, there will be time for networking and to hear more about Lancaster’s work over drinks and nibbles before and after the main event. 

This event is free to attend but places are limited so please register now by contacting Catherine Southworth at


Professor John Burgoyne is a prominent academic in management leadership and organisation development, and co-author of A Managers Guide to Leadership.

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