Sustainable Leadership as a Vector of the Circular Economy

Sustainable Leadership as a Vector of the Circular Economy

Hermes de Andrade Júnior (University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain), Tamar Prouse de Andrade (University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain) and Antonio Palma Rosinha (IPAM, Institute of Higher Military Studies, Lisbon, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1196-1.ch010


Formal leaders do not act alone but interact with all those around them and the results of a company are no longer focused solely on financial indicators. A sustainable leader must create a conducive environment for business development in a balanced way with nature and society. In this conceptual chapter, the authors aim to (1) present sustainable leadership by relating the characteristics of a leader to sustainability; (2) consider that the role of this type of leadership is fundamental to the construction of a truly sustainable meaning, since it links government, people, and companies in a sustainable meta-organization dynamics and green supply chain thus contributes to the circular economy. Government, businesses, and consumers must be aligned. The followers of truly sustainable leadership play a decisive role in influencing other leaders, people, organisations, and results.
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Leadership Concepts

Leadership can be defined as the ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organisations of which they are members (House et al., 1999).

Vieira (2002) argues that leadership is defined as a process of influencing human behaviour that goes beyond the use of official authority, in order to achieve the purposes, goals, and objectives defined and provided by the appointed organizational leader.

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