According to an article by Christoph Lueneburger and Daniel Golemon in MIT Sloan Management Review, consumer expectations regarding products’ environmental and/or social impacts, have changed. Soon, sustainability will not be a choice for companies to make, but a necessity for survival. Tweet This!
How is an organization to make the transition to sustainability? What does this transition entail? How is any sustainability initiative – which is essentially different from other corporate initiatives – to be effectively realized? There are three separate phases in successfully carrying out a sustainability initiative, each requiring different skills and competencies – including, most importantly, leadership competencies – from the individuals involved:
- Making a clear and convincing case for change: As many organizations are not receptive, or are even reactive to sustainability (unaware of the opportunities involved), the individuals leading the sustainability effort – the sustainability leaders – must be able to communicate a convincing sustainability vision, collaborate, and influence others, also possessing change leadership skills.
- Turning vision into action: In this phase, the sustainability vision has to be translated into a complete change program consisting of specific initiatives and firm commercial targets. For this to happen, sustainability leaders must be skilled in results delivery and, at the same time, have a commercial orientation, being able to take corrective action when needed.
- Developing a long-term sustainability strategy: As sustainability becomes a core value for the organization, creating competitive advantage, sustainability leaders have to be able to anticipate future needs and trends, pursuing partnerships and encouraging innovation.
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