Inclusive leadership: Toward reshaping corporate purpose for sustainable development

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Uddin, M., Azmat, F and Fujimoto, Y 2024. Inclusive leadership: Toward reshaping corporate purpose for sustainable development. Leadership.
AuthorsUddin, M., Azmat, F and Fujimoto, Y
Abstract

This paper delves into the complex relationship between business leadership, sustainability, and inclusivity, representing a step towards developing a more inclusive leadership approach to sustainable development that fosters shared power relations between business leaders and marginalized members of society. With environmental and social conditions worsening, it is urgent that corporations move away from the neoliberal profit-maximization models advocated by Milton Friedman and instead prioritize humanity and the environment. This requires a fundamental restructuring of businesses to move beyond profit maximization and address societal power imbalances by including all stakeholders. Our inclusive leadership for sustainable development framework, rooted in symbolic interactionism, offers a holistic lens for including marginalized groups. At the microlevel, it focuses on business leaders' personas, characterized by pro-demographic diversity and biodiversity, cognitive complexity for sustainable development, and social empathy, that can potentially create macro-level impact. These characteristics accompanied by macro perspectives that focus on repurposing corporations away from neoliberalism towards sustainability, would be a step forward in cultivating shared power dynamics between business leaders and marginalized communities for the betterment of society.

KeywordsInclusive leadership; Power relations; Sustainability; Leadership; Sustainable devlelopment; Marginalized groups; Inequality; Anthropocene
Year2024
JournalLeadership
PublisherSAGE
ISSN1742-7150
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Accepted16 May 2024
Deposited21 May 2024
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