What is sustainable leadership?

June 28, 2023


Sustainable leadership is an approach to leadership that seeks to promote the long-term well-being and sustainability of both organisations and society as a whole. This approach is based on the idea that leaders should make decisions that take into account not only the short-term interests of the organisation, but also its impact on the environment, the community and future generations

Their role

Sustainable leaders make decisions considering social and environmental as well as financial impact. To achieve this, they adopt responsible business practices such as reducing energy and material consumption, promoting diversity and inclusion, and investing in the development of their employees.

This is important because it helps them to be more responsible and sustainable in their operations, which can have long-term financial and reputational benefits. It is also necessary to address global challenges, such as climate change and social inequality, and to ensure a sustainable future for future generations.

Some examples

Several organisations follow this philosophy, for example: 

Patagonia: An outdoor clothing company that has adopted a sustainability strategy in all aspects of their business. They have implemented responsible practices to reduce their environmental impact and have supported social and environmental causes through their “1% for the planet” programme.

Unilever: A consumer goods company that has adopted a sustainability approach to their business, encouraging sustainable development and innovation. They have implemented responsible business practices throughout their operations and have set ambitious sustainability target


In summary, sustainable leadership focuses on leading responsibly, with the aim of creating sustainable value for organisations and society. At CONNECTS we support this philosophy by promoting sustainable leadership styles for all types of companies, in our Strategic Doing and ESG Countdown and ESG for SMEs communities you can find out more.

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