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Promoting Sustainability Leadership at Universities: needs to be met
Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
School of Science and the Environment
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, M1 5GD
The many pressures faced by universities to implement sustainable development means that new approaches are needed, in order to move it forward. Among other factors, the undertaking of certain strategies is made difficult by the general lack of leadership or a sound leadership framework. This paper presents an analysis about the misconceptions related to the implementation of leadership and universties, and describes the most widespread ones, as well as their implications. A special emphasis is given to the problems and barriers caused by misinformation, which – in turn – prevent the potential of leadership from being realised. Finally, some concrete steps which may be taken in order to break the misconceptions and foster a more systematic view of leadership strategies in higher education, are outlined.