What is Regenerative Leadership?
An awareness-based leadership approach that aims to build business models based on the principles of Living System Design to create well-being for all stakeholders.
By definition, 'to regenerate' simply means to bring something into a renewed existence. Regeneration is a natural process of all living systems that enables growth & resilience. Without regeneration there could be no life.
Recognizing businesses as living systems and part of a closed loop-system, the broader ecosystem planet Earth, is the core perspective of Regenerative Leadership.
The work design of a regenerative business takes the interconnectedness of all stakeholders into account. It is based on the understanding that only a business that cultivates a symbiotic system with life-affirming structures can be truly sustainable and create wealth on all levels (social, environmental, economic).
Thus, a regenerative business inherently replenishes and reinvests
in the underlying systems on which it relies.
That means to put the development of people first!
Much like a tree only thrives if provided the necessary nutrients, a team’s full potential can only be brought forward in a healthy business culture.
Continuous (self-)reflection, eco-awareness & whole system thinking are key to unlocking that full potential! It means to be brutally honest, to make yourself vulnerable and act from a place of "I don't know".
Regenerative leadership is humble leadership!
"[It] is about the management of people for the benefit of the land - it is not about land management"
– Te Kawa o Te Utewera, Māori Protected Area
The development of
is key & starts with
Takes Nature as Compass
Views Wealth Holistically
Thinks in Relationships, Wholes & Interdependence
Acknowledges that Life is Dynamic & Ever-Changing
Embraces Potential, Synergies & Innovation
Honours Community & Place
Puts the Development of People First
Activates Essence, Personal Agency & Participation
Cultivates Critical & Whole System Thinking
Thinks Long Term