[E]nvironmental leadership and leaders…are critical to the future of human well-being world-wide. Therefore, there is no more urgent task than to encourage and nurture the next generation of environmental leaders. The most important message we have to offer is that environmental leadership consists largely of learned skills and styles and that learning needs to begin early and last a lifetime. This requires creating and tending to your own leadership tree, understanding the characteristics of environmental problems, knowing ht elements of problem definition and solution, practice the six ingredients of leadership*, and installing organizational leadership. Following these steps, and with the desire for leadership, you will have all that is needed to be a leader. ~John C. Gordon and Joyce K. Berry, Environmental Leadership Equals Essential Leadership
* Six Ingredients of Environmental leadership:
- Prepare to be a leader and a follower.
- Think frequently and positively about change.
- Strive to develop the capacity to think broadly and flexibly.
- Learn to listen effectively.
- Know and practice your values/ethics.
- Be a lifelong learner.