Literature review: sustainable leadership




Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Leadership


Employees, leaders, and organizations continue to struggle to comprehend the concept of sustainable leadership. It is a problem for today's organizations to identify this concept itself. Sustainable leadership refers to a new and enlarged concept of leadership that is based on sustainability principles, sustainable leadership practices, and building an inclusive, cooperative, and responsive leadership approach. The purpose of this study is to provide a better understanding of the concept of sustainable leadership, and it does this by situating sustainability within the context of leadership and clarifying the idea of sustainable leadership based on sustainability and sustainable development, styles of sustainable leadership, characteristics of sustainable leaders, and practices of sustainable leadership.

Szerző életrajzok

  • Sevinur Cuhadar, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences


  • Ildikó Rudnák, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    egyetemi docens


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