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Heroic ecologies: Embodied heroic leadership and sustainable futures

Efthimiou, O. (2017) Heroic ecologies: Embodied heroic leadership and sustainable futures. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 8 (4). pp. 489-511.

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This paper seeks to demonstrate heroism as an embodied system of leadership and wellbeing. Heroic leadership is presented as a baseline for sustainable futures and global health.

This paper presents an embodied reading of heroic leadership and its sustainable development across five stages. It outlines its core functions, its grounding in self-leadership through physical and mental trauma, and its holistic benefits, resulting in the development of the Heroic Leadership Embodiment and Sustainable Development (HLESD) model. The efficacy of HLESD is demonstrated in an empirical case study of heroism promotion and education: the Hero Construction Company and the Heroic Imagination Project.

Heroic leadership is revealed as an emergent, dynamic and distributed form of sustainable development.

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This paper demonstrates the critical connections between heroism, sustainability, embodied leadership and wellbeing, and how they stand to benefit from each other, individuals and communities at large.

The emerging field of heroism science and the utilisation of heroic leadership as an interdisciplinary tool is a novel approach to wellbeing, which holds immense potential for the imagining and fostering of sustainable personal and collective futures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Copyright: © 2017 Emerald Publishing Limited
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