EcO-LEadErship 2011

A New Leadership Paradigm for Organisational Success & Sustainability
A Certificated Professional Development Programme in 5 Modules

What is Eco-Leadership? 13 – 14 OctObEr 2011 24 – 25 NOvEmbEr 2011 5 – 6 JaNuary 2012 16 – 17 FEbruary 2012 29 – 30 march 2012
Eco-Leadership is a practice-based approach to transform organisations, to create sustainable success for companies and to align innovative thinking within the company, with ethical approaches to how they ‘go about their business’.

Eco-Leadership works on three core principles
• Aligning 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 • That connectivity, distributed leadership, ethics, sustainability and leading adaptive networked organisations are all core to the task of Eco-Leadership

There is no conflict between sustainable consumption and business growth… Quite the opposite, in fact. There is a compelling case for sustainable growth – retailers and consumers demand it and it saves us money…”
Paul Polman, Chief exeCuTive, unilever

Eco-Leadership is a term coined by Simon Western in Leadership: a Critical Text (Sage 2008) to describe a new paradigm of leadership required for the next generation. The metaphor for an organisation has changed from a linear understanding of cause and effect as in the organisation as machine e.g. using leadership tools to fix problems, treating employees as human assets/resources to maximize efficiency, to that of a network, or taken further, an eco-system where leaders work in interdependent systems. Leadership in such an eco-system does not work only hierarchically; what becomes of prime importance are relationships and influence. Eco-Leadership means to distribute leadership, to engage stakeholders in conversations, to create spaces in organisations that allow leadership and creativity to 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?
Apply for The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations’ Certificate in Eco-Leadership if you are a leader/manager consultant/coach and-or educator/academic, who wishes to bring leading edge leadership theory and practice, to transform your organisation, community and society.

What are its aims?
to develop Eco-Leadership capacity in organisations to drive social change: • Improving personal leadership • Sustaining oneself and team, creating connections, building capacity • Distributing leadership, harnessing talent, releasing potential • Innovating, creating spaces to think, to innovate, to observe and to influence emergent strategy • Leading Change: we support you to be change agents in the eco-systems in which you live and work • Influencing wider stakeholders to engage them in sustainable change processes • Global Leadership: recognizing trends and contributing to developing sustainable and ethical social leadership

Work as you learn
We believe that you learn more if you work on real challenges, so we get you to work on the burning issues you face, whilst you are learning about Eco-Leadership. This makes the learning stick, it means an investment not only in your personal development but you will also be having a powerful organisational impact back home.

Five modules
mOduLE 1: Locating Ourselves 2 days
Finding our place in a strange land. We begin with experiential learning about leadership. Exploring the inner landscapes of leaders and how we react to the urban, technical and natural landscapes in which we work. Personal leadership insights are gained and we share narratives of our lives and workplaces. We will form teams to identify challenges faced by each individual that will be worked on in consulting teams across the programme.

mOduLE 3: Leadership Exchange Offsite 2-3 days
Participants are equipped with ethnographic and psychoanalytic observation techniques and coaching skills before pairing with another participant to visit and be visited, observing each others’ eco-leadership practice and workplace dynamics. This module provides unique learning opportunities for participants.

mOduLE 2: Leadership Frames 2 days
The theory and practice of 21st century leadership. Reviewing how leadership has been framed in the last century. We reflect on how leadership discourses entrap us and how we can apply this new Eco-Leadership perspective to practice. How to influence change in a networked society we draw on actor-network theory, systems-psychodynamic and complexity theories.

mOduLE 4: Eco-Leadership in action 2 days
We debrief the exchanges, tease out the learning and apply it to your roles and organisations. Action plans, mapping the future, leading change back home. Delivering change; finding the resources to implement transition; individuals identify personal steps and organisational aims.

application to work
Simon and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations have been successfully applying the ideas behind the Eco-Leadership approach working with senior leaders, locally and internationally in the commercial and banking sector, education, health sectors 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.

mOduLE 5: reflecting, Embedding, sustaining, innovating 2 days
Participants will present their portfolio work. Reflections on what has been learnt individually and collectively. We then focus on how to sustain and embed the learning. Finally we enter an innovation hothouse to rethink emergent strategies for individuals and their organisations.

about the staff
The programme is led by Simon Western in partnership with faculty of the TIHR, including: Eliat Aram, Juliet Scott, Mannie Sher and Monica Velarde.

Further enquiries and applications
If you have any questions or would like to express your interest in applying for this programme, please contact rachel Kelly: Email: or telephone Rachel on +44 (0)20 7457 3927

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.

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