Training programme on Sustainable Leadership

CEC European Managers organises a series of pilot trainings to equip European managers of all backgrounds with the necessary competences in the areas of systemic thinking, Triple Bottom Line accounting, as well as transversal leadership skills such as mindfulness.

The trainings will be conducted from September 2020 to February 2021 in several European destinations. The trainings are organised in the framework of the “Sustainable Leadership for a Fair and Green Transition” project funded by DG Employment, European Commission.

Draft training seminar programme

Part 1: the individual: identifying and promoting critical sustainable leadership skills

  • Presentation of the seminar programme
  • Sustainability, leadership and skills: key concepts
  • Sustainable leadership skills: leadership skills, critical thinking, systemic thinking, emotional skills etc.
  • Presentation and discussion of the study results
  • Personality types, job roles and myself: understanding own roles and motivations
  • Systems’ thinking: how to bridge the gap between the different levels
  • Leadership skills in evolution: emerging trends in neurosciences, management education and sustainability management
  • The managerial profession in transition: identification of strategic sustainable leadership skills and assessment methods
  • Developing sustainable leadership skills: methodologies, tools and best practices
  • Sustainable leadership skills for the circular economy
  • The contribution of sustainable leadership skills to fair working conditions
  • Discussion on how to mainstream sustainable leadership skills

Part 2: The organisational level – purpose of management and organisations: how does the company’s role in society need to evolve to address current sustainability challenges?

  • From Corporate Social Responsibility to the Triple Bottom Line: understanding management and business models
  • The Triple Bottom Line in practice: how do companies deliver on (material) sustainability today?
  • Introducing sustainable management systems, processes and benchmarks
  • Case studies from companies who have managed change to integrate the circular economy and deliver on fair working conditions – what can management learn from these examples?
  • General strategy vs. governance by sustainability experts – reconciling strategy and impact?
  • Manager trade unions: a catalyst for change? The role of social dialogue in the sustainability transition
  • Discussion on how to mainstream sustainable organisational development

Part 3: The system level – transforming the economy: policies and sustainability reporting frameworks

  • The Circular economy and fair working conditions: from principle to practice – the role of policies, laws and standards in management changes
  • Sustainable leadership in policies: the role of education, VET, green skill strategies and overarching policies for sustainability
  • Sustainability reporting: a leverage for systemic change? Presentation of various standards and discussion
  • Discussion on how to mainstreaming systems thinking
  • From skill to system: making sense of our role in the fair and green transition
  • Evaluation of seminar and follow-up
  • On-site visit of targeted sustainability projects (urban development site, cultural project, sustainable tourism project) based on the specificity of the training city/venue
  • Feedback form on the seminar