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Through consultation with a broad range of industry professionals, business network leaders, academics and students, we have developed a list of competencies that we believe will be in demand by organizations successfully embracing challenges and opportunities in managing transition to a low carbon, socially just economy.

Competencies for Leaders and Managers in Organizations Pursuing Transition to a Low Carbon and Socially Just Economy

Core Competencies – Required by All Future Leaders and Managers:

  • Understanding the political, economic, social, technical, legal and ecological/scientific drivers for transition, including the importance of embracing indigenous knowledge.
  • Managing the risk and creating opportunities for value protection and new value creation from transition.
  • Understanding and practising principles of leadership and co-leadership for transition across sectors: handling complexity, ambiguity etc.; developing confidence to present & represent new principles & practices.
  • Understanding the roles and practising harnessing the efforts of diverse stakeholders; building and managing multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral teams and initiatives; ability to collaborate and work within the context of diversity & inclusion.
  • Understanding green and social finance and accounting. Ability to build financial cases for transition initiatives in different sectors.
  • Understanding ecological economics and ‘one planet’ constraints to growth. Ability to foster ideation, green and social enterprise within a one planet model; modelling, scenario-planning & forecasting.
  • Recognizing the need for and leading organizational change; applying change management models.
  • Identifying & understanding the role of technology eg AI to address complex issues and facilitate transition.

Specific Competencies – Required by Leaders and Managers in Specific Sectors and/or Roles:

  • Understanding the dynamics of clean tech, green business and social enterprise. Ability to build business models for start-ups in the green economy, including in indigenous communities; fostering entrepreneurialism.
  • Understanding the dynamics of corporate responses to transition. Ability to build internal business cases within pre-transition incumbent enterprises and ability to communicate complex thoughts appropriate to audience.
  • Understanding the dynamics of clean tech, green business and social enterprise. Ability to build supportive public policy contexts for unleashing start-ups in the green economy, including in indigenous communities.
  • Understanding the dynamics of transition-resilient infrastructure, cities, communities and transportation systems. Ability to plan for cities and rural infrastructure of the future.
  • Understanding the dynamics of transition-resilient food systems. Ability to plan for food systems of the future.
  • Understanding the dynamics of transition-resilient energy systems. Ability to plan for energy systems of the future.
  • Understanding the dynamics of transition-resilient supply chain management systems. Ability to plan for supply chain management systems of the future and a circular economy.
  • Understanding marketing and communications systems for transition. Ability to develop digital and other marketing and communications plans related to transition-resilient enterprises, products and services; ability and confidence to make and present the business case for a diverse audience.

We welcome validation and other comments, and the identification of any competencies that may be missing from the list or that require re-phrasing. Send your comments and suggestions to info@sustainableinnovation.academy.

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