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Preparing interdisciplinary leadership for a sustainable future

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posted on 23.06.2021, 02:25 by Christopher G Boone, Steward TA Pickett, Gabriele Bammer, Kamal Bawa, Jennifer A Dunne, Iain Gordon, David Hart, Jessica Hellmann, Alison Miller, Mark New, Jean P Ometto, Ken Taylor, Gabriele Wendorf, Arun Agrawal, Paul Bertsch, Colin Campbell, Paul Dodd, Anthony Janetos, Hein Mallee
Urgent sustainability challenges require effective leadership for inter- and trans-disciplinary (ITD) institutions. Based on the diverse experiences of 20 ITD institutional leaders and specific case studies, this article distills key lessons learned from multiple pathways to building successful programs. The lessons reflect both the successes and failures our group has experienced, to suggest how to cultivate appropriate and effective leadership, and generate the resources necessary for leading ITD programs. We present two contrasting pathways toward ITD organizations: one is to establish a new organization and the other is to merge existing organizations. We illustrate how both benefit from a real-world focus, with multiple examples of trajectories of ITD organizations. Our diverse international experiences demonstrate ways to cultivate appropriate leadership qualities and skills, especially the ability to create and foster vision beyond the status quo; collaborative leadership and partnerships; shared culture; communications to multiple audiences; appropriate monitoring and evaluation; and perseverance. We identified five kinds of resources for success: (1) intellectual resources; (2) institutional policies; (3) financial resources; (4) physical infrastructure; and (5) governing boards. We provide illustrations based on our extensive experience in supporting success and learning from failure, and provide a framework that articulates the major facets of leadership in inter- and trans-disciplinary organizations: learning, supporting, sharing, and training.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

15

Issue

6

Start Page

1723

End Page

1733

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

1862-4057

ISSN

1862-4065

Publisher

Springer

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

22/05/2020

External Author Affiliations

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan; Boston University, University of California, USA; The James Hutton Institute, UK; CSIRO Land and Water and Queensland Chief Scientist; Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany; Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, New Zealand; Earth System Science Centre (CCST-INPE)/Rede-Clima, Brazil; University of Cape Town, South Africa; Columbia University, University of Michigan, , y, University of Minnesota, University of Maine, Santa Fe Institute, University of Massachusetts, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Arizona State University, USA; Australian National University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Sustainability Science