Global Transformation as a Collective Leadership Challenge



This chapter sets the scene for understanding transformative change in the context of sustainability as a stewarding task and a collective leadership challenge. It explores the current leadership discourse with a focus on collectives and reviews the discourse on global transformation. The chapter identifies where these discourses point to leadership as the transformative capacity of a collective of distributed actors across institutions. It argues that a paradigm shift toward a radically new way of seeing reality based on a systems view of life is needed in order to conceptualize stewarding transformative change for sustainability.


Transformative change Collective action Paradigm shift Systems theory Systemic approach Sustainability stewardship Sustainable development goals Systems view of life Sustainability transformations Collective leadership Anthropocene 


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