Sustainability Leadership: Theories, Paradigms, and Practices for Emerging Value-Leaders

Dr. Marco Tavanti, University of San Francisco
Dr. Marco Tavanti, University of San Francisco

Dr. Marco Tavanti
Professor of Leadership
MNA Program Director

School of Management
University of San Francisco

Sustainability Leadership: Theories, Paradigms, and Practices for Emerging Value-Leaders

Planet Healing Press, 2024

Sustainability Leadership presents an essential blueprint for businesses aligning economic success with environmental and social responsibility. This insightful book bridges theoretical concepts with practical applications, emphasizing the need for a holistic approach to global social responsibility, eco-environmental circularity, and prosperity and well-being. It delves into the heart of sustainable leadership, advocating for a balance of ethical practices, environmental consciousness, and social justice. Real-world examples illustrate the urgency for leaders to adopt a systemic thinking mindset, driving transformative change toward a sustainable, equitable future. This book is a call to action for leaders who forge a path where profit, people, and the planet coexist harmoniously.

Dr. Marco Tavanti is a sustainability and leadership international scholar whose experience stretches over 30 years and whose work has taken him to more than 18 countries in Europe, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Tavanti’s teaching in sustainable development, leadership ethics, intercultural diversity, and NGO management is grounded in Jesuit values and his scholarship is an embodiment of the University’s mission to be of service to humankind.

Dr. Tavanti is a systems thinker whose scholarship aims at providing practical and integrated solutions to issues in international development and poverty reduction. His research methods are participatory in nature and directed at building international capacity in leaders, organizations, and institutions. Through his teaching he inspires globally engaged leaders while building professional capacity through international managerial skills across sectors.

He is President of the Sustainable Capacity International Institute (SCII-ONLUS) and CEO of its subsidiary He is co-founder of the World Engagement Institute (WEI), an international organization providing capacity development services for sustainable human security. He designed and directed various professional training programs on sustainable community development, indigenous human rights, anti-human trafficking and refugee service management. He has been consulting and collaborating with United Nations agencies such as the Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Compact (UNGC), the Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Through his engagement with the UN Global Compact he contributed to the development of the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).