Boone, C.; Pickett, ·S.; Bammer, G.; · Bawa, K.; Dunne, J.; Gordon, I.;· Hart, D. ;Hellmann, J.; Miller; A.; New, M.; Ometto, J.: Taylor; K.; Wendorf, G.; Agrawal, A.; Bertsch, P.; Campbell, C.; Dodd, P.; Janetos, A.; Mallee; H. (2020): Preparing interdisciplinary leadership for a sustainable future. Sustainability Science 2020. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-020-00823-9
Urgent sustainability challenges require effective leadership for inter- and trans-disciplinary (ITD) institutions. Based on the diverse experiences of 20 ITD institutional leaders and specific case studies, key lessons learned from multiple pathways are distilled. The lessons reflect both the successes and failures, to suggest how to cultivate appropriate and effective leadership, and generate the resources necessary for leading ITD programs. Two contrasting pathways are presented. It is illustrated how both benefit from a real-world focus, with multiple examples of trajectories of ITD organizations. The diverse international experiences demonstrate ways to cultivate appropriate leadership qualities and skills, especially the ability to create and foster vision beyond the status quo; collaborative leadership and partnerships; shared culture; communications to multiple audiences; appropriate monitoring and evaluation; and perseverance. Different kinds of resources for success are identified.