Chapter 1: Introduction to Nature-centered Leadership

By Spencer S. Stober, Tracey L. Brown and Sean J. Cullen.

Published by On Sustainability, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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DOI: 10.18848/978-1-61229-334-9/CGP/01

Each of us has the potential to influence others in some way, and in so doing we are leaders. This book is 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 to be understood and expressed as an aspirational narrative of hope for a more sustainable future (This narrative will unfold in Chapter Six.). It is through this process of reflection and dialogue that we become Nature-centered leaders and gauge our every action with a Nature-centered perspective. Our efforts are amplified when we influence others to do the same. We can be most effective in organizations when we encourage others to view Nature as a stakeholder and worthy of our consideration while striving to achieve the organization’s mission and vision for the future. Chapter One from the book Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative.

Short Text: Electronic (PDF File; 811.237KB). Published by On Sustainability, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Spencer S. Stober

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.

Tracey L. Brown

Graduate Assistant/Ph.D. Student in Leadership, Institutional Review Board, Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Tracey L. Brown is a Lecturer of Psychology at Montgomery County Community College (Pottstown, PA, USA). She is also 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. She is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the International Leadership Association. Brown's research interests include leadership, higher education, sustainability, and indigenous populations. She is currently working on a book, Nature-Centered Leadership with Spencer S. Stober, and Sean J. Cullen.

Sean J. Cullen

Research Assistant/Ph.D. Student in Leadership, School of Graduate 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. He recently co-authored Nature-Centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative, which is a book for those who aspire to reflect on their relationship with Nature while influencing others to do the same.

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