Conservation leadership must account for cultural differences
Tanja M Straka, Payal Bal, Colleen Corrigan, Martina MI Di Fonzo, Nathalie Butt
JOURNAL FOR NATURE CONSERVATION | ELSEVIER GMBH, URBAN & FISCHER VERLAG | Published : 2018
Effective leaders are critical in determining successful outcomes of conservation programs. As the business and economic leadership literature shows, awareness around cultural differences in leadership attributes is important for positive project outcomes set in inter-cultural contexts. We conducted a systematic review of the literature to understand whether, and how, the influence of cultural context was acknowledged when describing successful leadership attributes of conservation leadership. We found fifteen papers from different geographical regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America) explicitly addressing conservation leadership attributes. We further explored how cha..View full abstract
A workshop organized by the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) Early Career Leadership Program provided the opportunity to draft the ideas behind this study. We thank CEED for funding this program and the participants for their valuable discussions. We are also grateful to Brett Bruyere for sharing information from his survey on conservation leadership.