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Skill Development in Climate Change Leadership

Developing capability in climate change leadership can be achieved through a number of forums. We follow the Lominger 70:20:10 rule where 70% of developmental experiences are found in challenging role assignments, 20% of new learning comes from coaching and mentoring relationships and 10% comes from formal training.

Climate Change Leadership Events

CCL Leadership development programs – on hold due to Covid 19 pandemic.

Individual CCL coaching is unaffected and available face to face or virtually.


Climate Leadership Conference

Climate Leadership Conference US

Economist Climate Change Conference Oct 12-16th 2020

Higher Education

Principles of responsible management education have been defined in the UN Global Compact

Business Schools offering relevant course include;

  • Lancaster University MA Leadership for Sustainability
  • Malmo University MSc. Leadership for Sustainability
  • University of Cambridge M.Sc. Sustainability Leadership
  • Portland State MBA Leadership, Innovation & Sustainability
  • Texas A&M MSc One Planet Leadership
  • See Shriberg & MacDonald (2013) for complete list.

British Academy – Principles for a Purposeful Business

Director & Board Programs

Chapter Zero

Coaching and Mentoring

Climate Coaching Alliance

Green Human Resource Management (HRM)

HRM has a significant role to play in the support and development of Climate Change Leaders within organisations, (Renwick et al, 2013). Reasons for organisations to adopt green HRM practices include;

  1. Gaining competitive advantage through corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  2. Attract and retain the best talent
  3. Stimulate growth and innovation
  4. Maximal use of resources and waste reduction
  5. Ensuring a healthy work environment

Developing as a Climate Change Leader 

There is currently no definitive career path for climate change leaders with organisations.  However some of the key components for developing as an effective climate change leader include;

  • Exposure to interconnectedness of business and society
  • Systemic awareness and thinking
  • Inclusive and expansive stakeholder mindset
  • Acquisition of sustainable leadership models
  • Ethical and responsible decision making
  • Ecological worldview
  • Biocentrism
  • Radical collaboration within and across sectors


PWC Project Ulysses  – Developing Responsible Global Leaders (Pless et al. 2011).

Key elements included ;

  • Responsible mindset CSR awareness
  • Ethical Literacy – clarification of virtues & vales
  • Cultural intelligence – awareness and empathy
  • Global mindset – managing complexity
  • Community development – stakeholder engagement


Leadership for Sustainability (Burns et al, 2015)

Strategies include;

  • Interconnected self-awareness
  • Continuous, challenging and contextualized reflection
  • Exploring Ecological perspectives
  • Experiential learning in communities
  • Individual & team coaching

Tactics and techniques for Developing Climate Change Leaders

(Hoffman, 2015)

  1. Use pre-existing set of concerns like organisational commitment and engagement to influence  
  2. Consider how to frame the conversation – public health, security, environmental or business frames can all work in different context.
  3. Facilitate the emotional management of helplessness by focusing on individual and specific purposeful acts.
  4. Finally consider the compelling purpose. What is optimistic and attractive about a low carbon future?


Burns, H., Diamond-Vaught, H., & Bauman, C. (2015). Leadership for sustainability: Theoretical foundations and pedagogical practices that foster change. International Journal of Leadership Studies.

Hoffman, A. J. (2015). How culture shapes the climate change debate. Stanford University Press.

Pless, N. M., Maak, T., & Stahl, G. K. (2011). Developing responsible global leaders through international service-learning programs: The Ulysses experience. Academy of Management Learning & Education10(2), 237-260.

Renwick, D. W., Redman, T., & Maguire, S. (2013). Green human resource management: A review and research agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews15(1), 1-14.

Shriberg, M., & MacDonald, L. (2013). Sustainability leadership programs: Emerging goals, methods & best practices. Journal of Sustainability Education5(1), 1-21.