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Sustainable Leadership in Project Management. The Need for a New Kind of Leadership

Elena Bulmer 1,†,* , Magali Riera Roca 1,† and Julio Blas 2,†
EAE Business School, Calle Joaquin Costa 41, 28002 Madrid, Spain
Departamento de Comunicación, Facultad de Humanidades, Comunicación y Documentación, University Carlos III de Madrid, Calle Madrid, 126, 28903 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Highlights of Sustainability, 2022, 1(4), 224–232.
Received: 5 July 2022    Accepted: 19 October 2022    Published: 21 October 2022
Adopting a long-term perspective has helped companies survive in difficult times and overcome economic crises, recessions, and pandemics such as the current COVID-19. At present, the project management approach is changing from more authoritarian management models to frameworks that are based on the management of people and society. This article researches the concept of sustainable leadership in the project management profession. It evaluates the level of sustainable leadership among project managers in Spain using the Avery and Bergsteiner’s (2011) model of bees and locusts as a reference framework (Bee and Locust Sustainable Leadership Model). A qualitative study was carried out based on the analysis of the responses given by sixty-eight project managers in Spain who answered a 52-point ques-tionnaire. The findings yielded interesting results. It was found that in projects considered as temporal organizations, companies tended to employ a mixture of bee and locust’s leadership elements. Respondents recognized the importance of employee training and development, and most considered that it was essential to consider the environment when determining the organization’s commercial objectives. However, based on this study’s findings, the project management profession still has a long way to go as regards the practical implementation of sustainable leadership.
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