The Role of Reflection in Leading ‘Sustainable Organisations’: A Preliminary Study

By Christopher D. Shuttleworth, Arthur M. R. Aynsley and Gayle C. Avery.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Reflection is hypothesized to underpin building a capacity for sustainability and longevity within organizations by allowing members to maintain congruence between what is espoused and what is done, and to question underlying values. Behavioural change may follow reflection. This paper investigates the role of reflection in four enterprises regarded as sustainable using Avery’s (2005) criteria. Examples of reflection and their triggering events are analysed, based on information external to the firms followed by observations and discussions with management and staff. Reflection and their triggers seem to be linked to a long-term perspective and core values.

Keywords: Reflection, Sustainability, Leadership, Long-term Perspective

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 7, pp.187-194. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 594.298KB).

Christopher D. Shuttleworth

Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Christopher D. Shuttleworth completed his MBA in 2008 at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. He is now an Account Director with Deloitte Analytic Insights® and assists companies with building analytical models that enable management to make fact-based decisions regarding sustainable business practices.

Mr Arthur M. R. Aynsley

Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Arthur M. R. Aynsley is Chief Executive of Independent Risk Consultants, a specialised consultancy providing advisory and diagnostic services to the banking and capital markets sector across the Asia Pacific region. He completed his MBA in 2008 at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia.

Prof. Gayle C. Avery

Professor, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, NSW, Australia

Professor Gayle Avery heads the Institute for Sustainable Leadership at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia. At MGSM since 1997, she teaches elective MBA subjects in leadership and takes an annual study tour to Germany and Switzerland to examine best practices in sustainability. She is author of many papers and books on leadership and sustainability, including Leadership for Sustainable Futures and Understanding Leadership. Gayle Avery is consultant to major organisations in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.

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