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Attributes of Environmental Leaders
(in a Japanese context)

When a group of 25 university students were asked what are the attributes, qualifications and skills needed of an 'environmental leader', these were their responses. They are presented as-is, without prioritization.
  1. Ability to facilitate dialogue and consensus
  2. Ability to act decisively
  3. Understand the cutting edge of the issue being discussed
  4. Willingness to participate directly, and "get-your-hands-dirty"
  5. Have a clear understanding of the objectives - 'hows and whys'
  6. Ability to listen and provide opportunity for all to speak
  7. Not to be self-serving
  8. To think of the cause and effects
  9. A desire to try and experiment
  10. To understand the value of 'empathy'
  11. To have asense of justice and equality
  12. To belive in fellow human beings (trust and dignity)
  13. To instill trust from people
  14. To extrapolate individual justice to the environment
  15. To avoid stereotyping
  16. To accept diversity in people
  17. To be flexible in accepting different viewpoints
  18. Ability to set agendas (political and others)
  19. Ability to set and implement timeframes
  20. To clearly understand the issues involved
  21. To develop effective dissemination skills
  22. To develop effective communication skills
  23. To communicate internationally (speak English?)
  24. To know the global trends
  25. To effectively network
  26. To identify stakeholders and resources
  27. Ability to package information that is useful
  28. To act as an information provider
  29. To think 'beyond specialization' - (beyond skills, beyond nation and beyond issues)
  30. Coordination skill - ability to juggle different actors, issues and objectives
  31. Understanding the interrelationships and causes-effects
  32. To be a 'proposer' and 'opportunity provider'
  33. Ability to interpret information and present ideas
  34. To have monitoring and evaluation skills
  35. Ability to articulate group learning techniques
  36. Ability in information seeking and mining
  37. To be original and creative
  38. To talk with people at their level of understanding and scale
  39. Being able to add value to information
  40. To have a vision
  41. To know oneself
  42. To understnad the importance of self-confidence and self-worth
  43. To be able to express and articulate oneself
  44. To have courage
  45. To be gender sensitive
  46. To recognise and nuture creativity and originality

Source:
Brainstorming during the 'Environmental Leadership Training Workshop' UNU-IeF-IGES, Shonan village, Japan - 12 and 13 June 1999.
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Contact: Hari Srinivas - hsrinivas@gdrc.org