The world today gives the impression that it is constantly on the move towards another development – indeed, that it is at times even on the brink of chaos. In such a world, companies must also be constantly prepared to dare to make leaps in development themselves – and at times even to break completely with their own past. A look at the textbooks of universities and at the practice of executives conveys the followingn the present time, the impression is the opposite: although in a new age of a global and digital economy completely new challenges are posed to leadership, it is led with the knowledge and skills of a past century. A transformation of leadership knowledge and skills has only partially taken place; there is still no holistic, theoretically sound concept of sustainable leadership that has been tested in practice.
Future-proof leadership focuses on the question of how leaders become capable of successfully shaping the future of their company. In this context, sustainable leadership is not an abstract, closed leadership model. Rather, sustainable leadership is a method that takes up and assigns existing models and insights of leadership and at the same time promotes their application through concrete implementation steps. Sustainable leadership is itself part of the change, lives from the change and the development to the challenges in different situations or organisations.
The authors have succeeded in summarising these aspects in a theory of sustainable leadership in discussion with the previously known models of leadership and developing them for practice with an independent method (Leading the Future programme).