It is simply not possible to discuss the topic of sustainability without addressing the concept of leadership. Given today’s uncertainty and dissension about issues like climate change, social justice, and economic inequality, our global society needs leaders who can persuade individuals to support their plans.

Last week, we reviewed the Integrated Reporting Framework (i.e. the Octopus Model) as a suitable paradigm for developing such plans. And we began to discuss the firms that are featured in The Blue Frog and Sound of Thunder tales, firms that need effective leaders to help them address their sustainability challenges.

This week, we will continue this conversation. We will also discuss a pair of additional works, one on Wednesday and the other on Thursday.

To prepare for our Wednesday session, please read a limited excerpt from Robert Greenleaf’s The Servant as Leader. The full text is a copyrighted 338 page book that was published by Paulist Press in 1977.

It appears that an educational institution named Escola Artistica de Soares dos Reis has obtained the right to post the excerpt on its web site. Please download the excerpt from its site, and read it in its entirety.

Then, to prepare for our Thursday session, please watch the episode Darmok from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was posted on the Vimeo streaming video platform eight years ago.

As you read and watch these works, please consider whether (and if so, how) the Star Ship Captain is applying the principles of the Servant as Leader. After discussing this question, we’ll address the relevancy of this issue to the topics of persuasion, sustainability, and integrated reporting.

We’ll take a brief quiz on the reading assignment at the beginning of the Wednesday session, and another brief quiz on the television episode at the beginning of the Thursday session.

And what of the tale of Frankenstein that we mentioned in last week’s posting? On a tentative basis, let’s plan to discuss the book in class on Wednesday, February 7th and Thursday, February 8th.

In the meantime, we’ll continue our discussion of the term project this week. As you can see, we’re not wasting any time as we dive into the course material!