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The Psychology of Green Organizations$
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Jennifer L. Robertson and Julian Barling

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199997480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199997480.001.0001

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The Role of Leadership in Promoting Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors

The Role of Leadership in Promoting Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors

8 (p.164) The Role of Leadership in Promoting Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors
The Psychology of Green Organizations

Jennifer L. Robertson

Julian Barling

Oxford University Press

Corporations are beginning to mitigate their contributions to environgmental degredation by implementing various environmental initiatives. The success of these initiatives, however, largely rests on those who lead these companies. The focus of this chapter is on how leaders can help improve their organizations’ environmental performance by positively affecting subordinates’ workplace pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. This chapter explores the conceptualization of environmental leadership, the processes through which it positively affects corporate environmental issues, and the characteristics of these leaders. This chapter reviews and synthesizes the empirical evidence linking environmental leadership to a variety of employees’ pro-environmental initiatives and examines a case example of environmental leadership at Steam Whistle Brewing Company, which is located in Ontario, Canada. The chapter concludes by providing some thoughts for future research on ways in which organizational leadership might influence corporate environmental sustainability.

Keywords:   corporate environmental issues, environmental leadership, environmental sustainability, leadership, organizational environmental performance, workplace pro-environmental behaviors

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