Key Qualities of Sustainable Leadership

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Dec 14, 2010 9:28 AM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

"In a comprehensive review by the researchers Bruce Avolio and Fred Luthans of more than two hundred leadership studies, only one quality among leaders consistently had a positive impact on their employees. It was the capacity to recognize potentials that the employees didn't yet fully see in themselves.  Put another way, the best leaders used their own positive energy to bolster their employees' faith in their own abilities and to fuel their optimism and perseverance in the face of stresses and setbacks. That belief from a leader is intoxicating."  

Sometimes, corporate sustainability is like playing telephone.  Witnessed from a high level, a company's corporate sustainability plan may embrace all the right frameworks, include the buzz words, and authentically and credibly, embrace sustainability initiatives.  However, witnessed from the employee level, all that jargon and vision may be lost.    It seems there is a disconnect between a corporate sustainability plan and how that vision filters down and is exercised in the day to day processes of an individual worker's life.       Bridging the gap between corporate sustainability programs and employees rest in the sustainable leaders vision.  The question becomes, what are the qualities of sustainable leadership?  The post, Three Executive Mindsets that Propel Sustainable Innovation sites curiosity, experimentation and engagement as leading qualities of sustainable leadership  and the post, Management's Little Black Dress: Essential Practices for Leaders, sites rigorous measurement, challenging targets, and rewards and incentives as essential practices for sustainable leadership.  Click here to continue reading.  

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".