Innovation Building Block – Leadership for Sustainability

07 Dec 2015

Learn how leaders are responding to global social and environmental challenges and what makes the leaders for sustainability more effective.

The objective of this course is to explore the changes in leadership theory and practice that are occurring as a result of sustainability challenges. Participants will be introduced to the latest research, case studies from business, governments, civil societies and theoretical frameworks on sustainability leadership.  The role of transformational leaders as change agents will be examined and participants will be guided through a reflection on their own leadership type.

Course Highlights

The mode of instruction is a combination of slide presentation, video content and in site group research, discussion and sharing by the participants. The course will give participants a number of thinking tools or frameworks, including:

  • The 7 traits of highly effective individual sustainability leaders
  • The 4 transformational strategies of corporate sustainability leaders
  • The 8 keys to unlocking change through business, leadership and innovation
  • The 4 types of purpose-inspired leadership

 Learning objectives

After following this Building Block, participants should be able to answer the following:

  • Think critically about the why we need transformational leadership, what good leadership is, and what makes an effective sustainability leader.
  • Identify different strategic approaches taken by leaders to address sustainability.
  • Information about what makes leaders for sustainability effective change agents.
  • How the typology of purpose-inspired leadership applies to participants.


Dr Wayne Visser, Director, Kaleidoscope Futures

Wayne Visser’s work as a strategy analyst, sustainability advisor, CSR expert, futurist and professional speaker has taken him to over 70 countries in the past 20 years to work with over 130 clients. He is Director of the think-tank and media company, Kaleidoscope Futures, holds an academic Chair in Sustainable Business at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa and is a Senior Associate at Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Wayne has authored 24 books – including, most recently, Sustainable Frontiers: Unlocking Change Through Business, Leadership and Innovation – and writes as a guest columnist for The Guardian. He holds a PhD in corporate social responsibility and has been recognised as one of the world’s top 100 thought-leaders in trustworthy business. Previously, Wayne founded CSR International and served as Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG, and Strategy Analyst for Capgemini in South Africa.

Application and Fees 

Apply here for ‘Leadership for sustainability’

This Building Block is free for all people involved with or leading Climate-KIC Projects.

Cancellation terms: If you cancel up to two weeks in advance, the Building Block is free of charge. We will charge €500 for cancellations after that date or in case of no show.


For questions about the course content, please contact Mike Tennant

For questions about registration or Innovation Building Blocks in general, please contact Pauline Ticheler


This course is part of Climate-KIC’s internal training programme. The entire programme consists of 6 modules focussing on range of topics related to sustainability, innovation and project management. You can find the overview of all the editions here  

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