Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change
Lead for the Planet develops climate solutions that prioritize the well-being of people and ecosystems globally. The book is unique in its application of a broad range of social science perspectives, from anthropology to psychology to economics, to help decision-makers explore how humanity can best address the climate crisis. Leaders get things done through people, and just as they have applied natural science to understand climate change, now they should apply social science to improve how society makes decisions about the climate crisis.
Refined over a decade in university courses on leadership for planetary sustainability, Lead for the Planet outlines five practices that successful leaders will need to adopt. The book is also meant to start conversations and asks crucial questions, such as: Who exactly is going to get this thing done? Taking human nature into account, what is the best way forward? In the end, will Team Humanity save the planet?
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- Page Count: 272 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
"The climate movement is not leader-less, but leader-full – and increasingly the leadership is coming from frontline and Indigenous communities that have a lot to teach us about how to communicate change. So it’s very good to have the latest social science brought to bear as well, and this book supplies it! We need all the good thinking we can get if we’re going to make progress fast."
Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
"Rae Andre’s exciting new book provides leaders with five vital practices for bringing about a world in which our grandchildren’s children can flourish. Grounded in scientific understanding, systems thinking, integrity, realism, collaboration, and dialogue, these practices are essential to anyone who aspires to lead in a climate-challenged world. The book’s numerous examples will be useful for leaders in any sector – business, government, and civil society – and will enhance understanding and decision making for leaders everywhere."
Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, Professor of Management, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
"You can pick up any number of books on the scientific problem of climate change and the economic or technological solutions, but what we need most right now is leadership. That is what this book is about, an accessible dive into social science for the much-needed tools to guide our society, our organizations, and ourselves towards a bold and ‘strong’ approach to sustainability. Pick up this book and play your role in helping ‘Team Humanity’ step up to save the planet."
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Ross School of Business/SEAS, University of Michigan
"While the current climate movement leadership deserves thanks, the results it has achieved have been paltry compared to the scope of action needed. A new generation of leaders is required that is more numerous, informed, courageous, and skilled. Lead for the Planet is an indispensable guide for anyone hoping to join those ranks. After deftly summarizing current energy and climate change issues and risks, André explores relevant strategies, tactics, political realities, and business interests. For anyone seeking a career advancing the goal of sustainability, this book is essential reading."
Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute
"Climate change is now the greatest challenge facing humanity. Drawing together a broad range of insights from the social and natural sciences, this book will be a valuable resource for all those passionate to develop a sustainable future and challenge the current, catastrophic business-as-usual path.
Christopher Wright, Professor of Organisational Studies, The University of Sydney Business School
"Rae André takes the reader by the hand and clears the way through the thorny and political field of climate change with grace and intelligence. With simple and clear language, this book confronts what is seen as a complex and overwhelming problem. "
Daniel Nyberg, Professor of Management, Newcastle Business School
"Rae André’s exciting new book provides leaders with five vital practices for bringing about a world in which our grandchildren’s children can flourish."
Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
"Drawn from social science research in the fields of change management and leadership, Rae André’s five practices offer a road map for individuals to lead the transition through the current climate crisis and energy revolution to save our planet for future generations."
Nancy E. Landrum, Professor, Quinlan School of Business & Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago
"André’s Lead for the Planet shows concerned citizens how to become leaders who can address the twin challenges of climate change and energy evolution. The author skillfully blends the psychology of leadership and influence with a wide array of facts, trends, and positions about the natural environment into five practices that anyone can adopt: crafting a compelling vision for change, rallying others around it, and developing and implementing actionable plans to confront the energy-related issues causing climate change. It’s an accessible must-read for any aspiring climate leader."
Jane Schmidt-Wilk, Director of the Center for Management Research, Maharishi International University
Author InformationRae André is a climate change educator and bestselling author. She teaches Leadership and Sustainability in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, as Professor Emeritus, and consults on integrating planetary sustainability into business school and other university curricula.
Table of contentsWelcome to Team Humanity
1 Get the Truth
2 Assess the Risks
3 Weigh the Stakes
4 Define the Business of Business
5 Engage Global Leadership
What’s the Plan?
Subjects and Courses