Sustainability Leadership: Practices for Revitalizing People and Organizations

Peter Drucker, the legendary management thinker and author of business classics such as The Effective Executive, once said, “Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise.” It’s a powerful idea at the core of this program, along with the notion that we need to better care for our inner lives to be more effective in the outer world. Before managers can manage anything else, they must first manage themselves.

Today’s global issues such as rising and volatile commodity prices, energy security, water scarcity and social justice are increasing complexity for every kind of enterprise, with far-reaching implications for satisfying customers and engaging employees. Effective handling of these issues can generate new revenues and cost efficiency, drive innovation as well as reputational value, while failure to do so can heighten financial and competitive risk.

In this program, you will learn how any organization can turn such increased complexity into a future where business can excel and people can thrive. The one-day course is divided into two parts:


Learning will be interactive and focused on real-time business issues. Topics dealing with individual challenges include a range of experiential practices. You will learn the business case for embedding environmental, health and social issues into core business activities to be more successful rather than only as a way to be ‘green’ or socially responsible. You will also go beyond the business case for sustainability, by learning practices to cultivate personal sustainability and effectiveness. Based on the pioneering work of Professor Hunter, recently described in the Wall Street Journal as “managing your insides so you can deal with your outsides better,” you will cover topics such as handling of emotional reactions and dealing with change—topics that are key to enhanced productivity and sustained performance in complex environments.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this programs, participants will:

Who Should Attend

The Case Weatherhead School of Management strongly believes that sustainability requires a central place on the executive agenda. As a result, this program is designed for leaders focused on strategic initiatives including: