Sustainable Leadership Must Be A Core Value

“It is about taking their best people and providing the environment and opportunity to learn whatever is needed to assure those people will become the best leaders they can become.”

Few would argue that a successful business or organization depends on leadership. The leader steers the team. It all depends on the leader.

Or does it? You hear the term sustainable leadership around more and more. I am familiar with sustainable living concepts, but sustainable leadership? I investigate.

Sustainability Camp

Sustainability Camp (Photo credit: Matthew Burpee)

In a thoughtful analysis of sustainable leadership in About Leaders, guest contributor Tim Cummuta writes about how this works and why it matters citing examples of GE and Apple. Cummuta states, “It is about taking their best people and providing the environment and opportunity to learn whatever is needed to assure those people will become the best leaders they can become.”

The idea is to be less focused on finding the right leader time and again, but rather deciding: we build our leaders at every level from within first. We mentor employees for leadership. We value experience from within the company. We acknowledge that leaders leave and we have a plan for that. Continue reading

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Dress For Success Empowers Women

Dress For Success Empowers Women

Clothes make the man.

Have you heard that expression? The non-profit organization Dress for success understands just how critical the right outfit is for a successful interview.
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Women in need of assistance to enter or re-enter the workforce may be referred to Dress for Success where they will receive a complete interview suit and accessories. She wears the attire that inspires confidence in herself, respect for herself, and presents the image of a valuable employee to prospective employers.
Dress for Success also provides her with job skills training and mentoring. With these advantages, she is prepared to earn a job, keep the job, and is more likely to earn promotions.
I like the strategy and heart of this organization. Do you have a favorite organization that provides professional development?

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