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Eco-Leadership 2011

A New Leadership Paradigm for

Organisational Success & Sustainability
A Certificated Professional Development Programme in 5 Modules

What is Eco-Leadership?
Eco-Leadership is a practice-based approach to transform
13 – 14 October 2011 organisations, to create sustainable success for companies
and to align innovative thinking within the company, with
24 – 25 November 2011 ethical approaches to how they ‘go about their business’.

5 – 6 January 2012
Eco-Leadership works on
16 – 17 February 2012 three core principles
29 – 30 March 2012 • A ligning organisational success with social justice and
environmental concerns by taking an ethical stance that
is not only altruistic but is also good for business

• Reframing the form of the organisation and the purpose

of organisations

• T hat connectivity, distributed leadership, ethics, sustainability

and leading adaptive networked organisations are all core to
the task of Eco-Leadership

There is no conflict between Eco-Leadership is a term coined by Simon Western in Leadership:

a Critical Text (Sage 2008) to describe a new paradigm of
sustainable consumption and leadership required for the next generation. The metaphor for
business growth… Quite the an organisation has changed from a linear understanding of
cause and effect as in the organisation as machine e.g. using
opposite, in fact. There is a leadership tools to fix problems, treating employees as human
compelling case for sustainable assets/resources to maximize efficiency, to that of a network,
or taken further, an eco-system where leaders work in inter-
growth – retailers and dependent systems. Leadership in such an eco-system does not
consumers demand it and work only hierarchically; what becomes of prime importance are
relationships and influence. Eco-Leadership means to distribute
it saves us money…” leadership, to engage stakeholders in conversations, to create
spaces in organisations that allow leadership and creativity to
Paul Polman, Chief Executive, Unilever
flourish, to observe and engage in dynamics both overt and
covert. Eco-Leadership is to make connections and influence
networks, technical and human in order to create dynamic and
sustainable organisations.
Why choose this programme? What are its aims?
Apply for The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations’ Certificate To develop Eco-Leadership capacity in organisations
in Eco-Leadership if you are a leader/manager consultant/coach to drive social change:
and-or educator/academic, who wishes to bring leading edge
• Improving personal leadership
leadership theory and practice, to transform your organisation,
community and society. • Sustaining oneself and team, creating connections, building
• Distributing leadership, harnessing talent, releasing potential
Work as you learn • Innovating, creating spaces to think, to innovate, to observe
We believe that you learn more if you work on real challenges, so and to influence emergent strategy
we get you to work on the burning issues you face, whilst you are • Leading Change: we support you to be change agents in
learning about Eco-Leadership. This makes the learning stick, it the eco-systems in which you live and work
means an investment not only in your personal development but • Influencing wider stakeholders to engage them in sustainable
you will also be having a powerful organisational impact back home. change processes
• Global Leadership: recognizing trends and contributing
to developing sustainable and ethical social leadership

Five modules

Module 3: Leadership Exchange

Module 1: Locating Ourselves
Offsite 2-3 days
2 days
Participants are equipped with ethnographic and
Finding our place in a strange land. We begin with experiential psychoanalytic observation techniques and coaching
learning about leadership. Exploring the inner landscapes of skills before pairing with another participant to visit and
leaders and how we react to the urban, technical and natural be visited, observing each others’ eco-leadership practice
landscapes in which we work. Personal leadership insights are and workplace dynamics. This module provides unique
gained and we share narratives of our lives and workplaces. We learning opportunities for participants.
will form teams to identify challenges faced by each individual that
will be worked on in consulting teams across the programme.

Module 4: Eco-Leadership in Action

Module 2: Leadership Frames 2 days
2 days We debrief the exchanges, tease out the learning and apply
The theory and practice of 21st century leadership. Reviewing it to your roles and organisations. Action plans, mapping the
how leadership has been framed in the last century. We reflect future, leading change back home. Delivering change; finding
on how leadership discourses entrap us and how we can apply the resources to implement transition; individuals identify
this new Eco-Leadership perspective to practice. How to influence personal steps and organisational aims.
change in a networked society we draw on actor-network theory,
systems-psychodynamic and complexity theories.

Module 5: Reflecting, Embedding,

Sustaining, Innovating
2 days
Application to work
Participants will present their portfolio work. Reflections on
Simon and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations have what has been learnt individually and collectively. We then
been successfully applying the ideas behind the Eco-Leadership focus on how to sustain and embed the learning. Finally we
approach working with senior leaders, locally and internationally enter an innovation hothouse to rethink emergent strategies
in the commercial and banking sector, education, health sectors for individuals and their organisations.
and other public service sectors, retail, creative industries,
production and SME businesses. This is theory and practice at
its best, applying Group Relations methods and other Tavistock
Institute experiential learning methodologies in the workplace to
create dynamic change and promote further learning.

Further enquiries and applications

About the staff If you have any questions or would like to express your interest
in applying for this programme, please contact Rachel Kelly:
The programme is led by Simon Western in partnership
Email: r.kelly@tavinstitute.org or telephone Rachel on
with faculty of the TIHR, including: Eliat Aram, Juliet Scott,
+44 (0)20 7457 3927
Mannie Sher and Monica Velarde.

Woodbrooke conference centre is a refreshing oasis of calm in
an urban setting. It has achieved the Hospitality Assured standard
of business and service excellence. It is 1 hour and 25 minutes by
train from Euston station, central London and 50 minutes by road
from Birmingham airport.