Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative
Nature-centered Leadership is a book for those who aspire to reflect on their relationship with Nature while influencing others to do the same. Nature-centered leadership is not a category of leadership style per se—it is a process by which we build an aspirational narrative with others for a more sustainable future. Several leadership styles are considered, but Nature-centered leaders are primarily transformational in that they strive to build a shared vision for environmental protection. This book introduces Nature-centered visionaries who have demonstrated that it is possible to influence the way humans view and act with Nature. These visionaries include Saint Francis of Assisi, Charles Darwin, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Arne Naess, Thomas Berry, James Lovelock, and Chico Mendes. Their visions contribute to an aspirational narrative—a hopeful story—where humans are living in harmony with Nature. Nature-centered leaders leverage their efforts to build this aspirational narrative through education, the media, and organizations that act on Nature’s behalf. They encourage dialogue around various perspectives on how to sustain the environment. Some of us seek to understand the environment in purely material terms. Others seek to be good stewards of the environment as Creation. Still others of us seek to experience Nature and recognize her as having intrinsic value that is beyond explanation. Nature-centered leaders recognize these and other perspectives as essential voices in the dialogue for common ground and concerted action to preserve the environment for future generations. This is how each of us can become a Nature-centered leader.
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Professor of Biology and Educational Leadership, Graduate Studies, Alvernia University, Reading, PA, USA
Dr. Spencer S. Stober is a Professor of Biology and Educational Leadership at Alvernia University, Reading, PA, USA. He has taught Biology for 30 years including undergraduate courses in Genetics, Botany, and Environmental Science. Since earning his doctorate at Temple University, with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, he teaches graduate courses in education and leadership. In 2005 he received Alvernia’s Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Stober has also served in a number of key administrative positions at Alvernia University, including Department Chairperson, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies. His research interests include environmental sustainability, and the intersection between religion and science. He publishes regularly in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Dr. Stober recently co-authored a book with Dr. Donna Yarri, Associate Professor of Theology at Alvernia University, entitled God, Science, and Designer Genes: An Exploration of Emerging Issues in Genetic Technologies, published by Praeger in 2009.
Graduate Assistant/Ph.D. Student in Leadership Studies, Instituational Review Board, Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Tracey L. Brown is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership at Alvernia University
(Reading, PA, USA) where she also works as a Graduate Assistant to the Institutional Review Board. In addition, she is a Lecturer of Psychology at Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell, PA, USA). She is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the International Leadership Association. She is also a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma the national scholastic honor society for Catholic colleges and universities, as well as Alpha Epsilon Lamda the academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Brown's research interests include leadership in higher education, psychology, and sustainability.
Research Assistant/Ph.D. Student in Leadership Studies, Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Sean J. Cullen is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Studies with a specialization in Corporate Leadership at Alvernia University (Reading, PA, USA) where he also works as a Research Assistant for the Ph.D. Department. He is a member of the International Leadership Association, the Robert Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, and the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. In 2011 he won an award for Academic Excellence and Civic Engagement in part for his work on developing a documentary short and a five-year strategic plan for a barrio located in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Cullen’s research interests include leadership, sustainability, social justice, and popular culture.
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