There is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to sustainability leadership. In a hotel setting, who is best suited to take the reins? The answer to this question will be different for each hotel. Sometimes it is the executive management leading the charge; sometimes the engineer; sometimes the marketing director. Each brings a different focus to the role. Yet there are certain traits that are shared by all successful green leaders, regardless of their area of expertise.
- They want to work for a company that is a positive force in the world.
Most employees want to know that they are contributing to something larger than themselves. Green Leaders accept this call and take action to ensure their company meets the challenge to make the world a better place.
- They recognize that LEADERSHIP is a role, not a position, and they are not reluctant to assume responsibility.
A true leader knows how to lead regardless of their title, and can affect positive change in others without an organizational chart to give them authority.
- They recognize that ALL department leaders are needed to fully integrate the program and strive to persuade and recruit supporters.
A Green Leader cannot be a Lone Ranger. The overall concepts of sustainability include the necessity to integrate a culture of care throughout all areas of operation. Green Leaders will embrace the role of “facilitator” and encourage each department manager to expand sustainable practices and performance in their respective departments.
- They keep the dialogue and concepts fresh and relevant in order to promote a culture of continuous improvement.
It may sound cliché, but it’s true – sustainability is not a destination, it is a journey. Any journey can get boring and tiresome if we don’t enjoy the ride. Successful Green Leaders help keep the journey interesting by spotlighting new innovations, challenging themselves and others to improve, and highlighting successes along the way.
- They make you believe in a brighter future, and that you can be part of it.
Environmental awareness should not be centered on doom and gloom. Successful Green Leaders keep their focus on what’s right while issuing the challenge to move their teams in a positive direction.