Sustainable Leadership Courses for a Better World
Learn how Sustainable Leadership drives high performance, resilience and enables a better future for people and the planet
Looking to make a bigger impact
in your organisation and the world?
Sustainable Leadership practices add proven value to your organisation. Being more ethical adds 7% to both profits and return on assets, as well as benefiting society. Training all employees can add 17% to your share price.
Learn how to use these and other evidence-based practices with us.
- Foundations course – provides a practical understanding of Sustainable Leadership
Advanced Practitioner course – become licensed and start a new career path
Micro courses – enhance your knowledge and keep up with current thinking
Membership – get informed with quality, focused content on sustainable leadership
Each Sustainable Leadership practice adds value to your organisation – protecting your brand, motivating customers and employees, financially, as well as adding long-term value to all stakeholders.
Who are our courses for?
Executives from business, government or the non-profit sector.
Current business owners wanting to put their firm on a more sustainable path.
Experienced managers looking for a career shift into Sustainable Leadership.
Consultants seeking to expand into Sustainable Leadership.
Why Sustainable Leadership?
You want to produce exceptional, long-term financial, social and environmental outcomes.
You know that "business as usual" isn't working and want an alternative system with a proven track record.
You want to protect your brand and profits while behaving fairly and ethically.
You want your organisation to become part of a global movement towards a better future.
What our students say
The online program is highly engaging, utilising different learning mediums, and provides a forum to interact with other professionals from different industries and sectors."
I want to implement many of the strategies taught in the course. I can help my team to see the vision and feel the purpose which will in turn be communicated to all. Applying the learnings together with the team really excites me: driving a new culture, ensuring sustainability, and adopting a long-term focus."
Features of ISL’s Online Courses
Benefits & Outcomes of ISL’s Online Courses
Learn about how and why Sustainable Leadership works so that you can improve the resilience and performance of your own team or organisation.
Become a Licensed Practitioner with a leading-edge skillset that will make you invaluable to your organisation or those you advise as a consultant.
Tools and support
Becoming licensed gives you access to a range of tools and support from the practice community, to enable you to grow and deliver real ‘value for money’.
Boast your credentials
Use our Licensed Practitioner badge to help market your business on your website, email signature, invoices and other business documents.
Dr Gayle Avery
Gayle Avery, co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership in 2007, is highly experienced in leadership development for executives globally, including in Australia, China, Europe, Laos, New Zealand and Thailand.
She is passionate about helping senior leaders develop a systematic approach to leadership to enable them to create long-lasting and resilient enterprises.
An honorary professor at various leading universities, she is fastidious in ensuring that course material is based on evidence from research and practice.
Dr Harald Bergsteiner
Harry Bergsteiner is a co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership, and is a long-established thought leader in Sustainable Leadership.
A former adjunct university professor, Harry specialises in developing tools and other resources to help managers implement Sustainable Leadership in their organisations.
Harry’s other areas of expertise include accountability, ethics and country competitiveness.
Who we've taught
Our instructors have designed and taught leadership for corporate clients in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, including:
Abbott, Allianz, AMP Capital Investors, ANZ National Bank of NZ, ASIC, NSW Attorney-General’s Department, Audit Office of NSW, Aussie Home Loans, Avant, Baxter Healthcare, B Braun, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Covance, CSPC (China), CapGemini, Datacom, Delta Group, Deutsche Bank, Employers Mutual, G77, Khungfu (China), Landcom, Lumley, McDonald’s, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University Global Leadership Program, Munich Reinsurance Australia, NSW Sport & Recreation, Pfizer, ProVision, Qantas, Pernod Ricard, Premium Wine Brands, Rail Access Corporation, Reserve Bank of Australia, Shanghai General Motors, Shanghai hospital pharmacists, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, NSW TAFE, Tamworth TAFE, TMP, Thomson’s Publishers, Westpac, Woolworths.
Our Membership Area
Become a member of the ISL community working towards a better, more sustainable future.
As a member, you're entitled to a range of benefits. Keep up to date through our curated educational platform with our Be Inspired! Video Collection, Podcasts, and searchable Research Tidbits. Enjoy discounts on ISL's books, conferences, study tours and other events, plus much more...
$99 per year
Our Current Courses
Foundations in Sustainable Leadership
The Foundations course gets you started on the certification pathway. It enables you to introduce and manage Sustainable Leadership practices in your own team or group.
The Foundations course provides you with a practical understanding of Sustainable Leadership. We show you how to assess leadership in a wide range of organisations.
Those who complete the Foundations course will be able to diagnose and improve leadership issues within their own team.
Estimated course completion: 40 hours.
The Foundations course covers 6 modules that you can take at your own pace, with optional regular online meetings with facilitators and other participants:
1. Orientation: a short segment that introduces the course and how to get the most out of it.
2. What is leadership?: explains the complexity of leadership, followership and leadership systems.
3. Leadership culture: shows the importance of different leadership paradigms in creating positive cultures.
4. What is Sustainable Leadership?: discusses how to create high performing and resilient organisations.
5. Special topics: covers current issues in leadership that will help organisations become more sustainable, such as sharing a purpose and pursuing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
6. Certification test: this module contains an online test covering all the material in the course.
When you successfully complete the test in Module 6, you will receive a Certificate in Sustainable Leadership, which you can display.
This makes you part of a community of practitioners and scholars who are committed to advancing Sustainable Leadership, particularly in your own sphere of influence.
Certified members of this community share common values and knowledge, which they are willing to share with clients and new members.
After successfully completing the Foundations course, you can build your capability further by applying for the Advanced Practitioner course mentored by senior practitioners, become a member or join one of our Sustainable Leadership Study Tours.
Advanced Practitioner in Sustainable Leadership
This course follows on from the Foundations course. It enables you to become a licensed Advanced Practitioner who advises others on Sustainable Leadership in both your own and other organisations.
The Advanced Practitioner course enables you to add Sustainable Leadership to your skillset as a consultant or change agent and to improve leadership in your own organisation directly.
Focused on practice, the Advanced Practitioner course deepens your understanding of Sustainable Leadership and enables you to apply our advanced tools and frameworks in organisations.
Estimated course completion: 100 hours.
This course covers 7 modules:
1. Orientation: explains the course and how to get the most out of it.
2. Sustainable Leadership advanced: deepens your understanding and practical experience with Sustainable Honeybee Leadership, which creates and perpetuates sustainable organisations.
3. Leadership paradigms: enables you to assess Leadership Culture, which is Honeybee practice #1, by applying four paradigms.
4. Deep dive into Honeybee practices: furthers your understanding of why and how the 23 Sustainable Honeybee Practices interact and reinforce one another using practical examples.
5. Applying the tools: learn how to apply and interpret results from ISL’s advanced tools and frameworks, based on a living case study.
6. Working with a client: apply and interpret results from ISL’s advanced tools for a client of your own choosing. One free Sustainable Leadership Questionnaire is included in the course fee.
7. Licensing test: After you successfully complete this course you will receive a practitioner’s license in Sustainable Leadership, a virtual badge and access to ISL tools and resources to use while you remain licensed. One year’s licensing fee is included in the course fee.
We ask people to apply to join the Licensed Practitioner course to ensure that people with the right experience, intentions and values become licensed with us. Completing the Foundations course is a prerequisite to entering the Advanced Practitioner course.
Our micro courses cover current topics in short, easy to complete sessions.
Facilitators: Our facilitators are renowned experts in their fields who have taught at leading universities and business schools
Evidence-based content: All micro courses are based on evidence from research and practice
Applied focus: Enables you to apply the learnings to improve outcomes in your own team or organisation
Live online sessions: Each micro course is accompanied by an online networking session with other participants and the expert facilitator
Self-paced: Work at your own pace
Presentations: Material is presented in short videos with lessons that you can complete in a lunch hour
Time required: 10 hours or less
Learning aids: Supplementary materials to aid understanding include expert videos, case studies, activities, podcasts and learning applications
Certificate: Complete the final quiz and earn a Certificate of Completion from the Institute for Sustainable Leadership
The Brain and Sustainable Leadership
Explore the brain and behaviour with the help of world-renowned neuroscientist, Dr Mark Williams.
Understanding how habits are formed and maintained is crucial to improving organisational culture achieving high performance and resilience at a holistic level.
Comprises 6 modules and a Q&A live session with Dr. Mark Williams.
After taking this course, you will have a better understanding of behavioural patterns to improve productivity, increase conscious communication and start reversing unwanted habits to focus more on those that align with sustainable leadership.
Essential Leadership Tools
This is a highly practical course with learnings that you can start applying from day one. It’s ideal for new managers and leaders as well as for experienced managers.
Having taught all over the world and consulted with large, medium and small businesses, Dr Gayle Avery has selected the crucial tools that will optimise your time and results.
Comprises 5 modules and a Q&A live session with experts from our Institute.
From this course, you will learn how to guide, develop and inspire your team members, and gain insight into complex organisational patterns and strategies to help improve team productivity and effectiveness.
Frequently Asked Questions
A global revolution in rethinking leadership is well underway. The world is moving rapidly towards Sustainable Leadership practices requiring greater ethics and accountability, caring for all stakeholders while fostering innovation, the environment and society.
Joining now allows you to become an early adopter of this major shift.
You can enrol in one of our specialised micro courses, become certified through our Foundations in Sustainable Leadership course, or set yourself on a new pathway to becoming a licensed practitioner in Sustainable Leadership.
Stay up to date with the latest developments by taking out an annual membership and enjoy a range of benefits.
Participants in our courses are automatically members for the duration of their studies (up to 12 months).
Yes! We often run special sessions for groups or teams, with their own live calls. This is a powerful way of getting people to discuss and reflect on leadership practices in a particular team or organisation.
Each member enrols in the course, completes the online lessons at their own pace but joins the group for the live online discussions.
Yes! The lecture and activity modules are presented in manageable segments. You can learn at times that suit you.
The online Live Calls are scheduled at specific times. Participants find these interactive events highly valuable, but attendance at these online calls is optional.
We strongly recommend that you attend the Live Calls to meet members of the ISL community.
You can start the online coursework as soon as you enrol. Bring your questions or topics related to the course to the Live Calls.
No! Coming to the Live Calls is entirely optional but most people think these sessions are the highlight of the course. You get to meet and discuss with others who are passionate about sustainable leadership, including your facilitator.
Yes most of our courses have tests, particularly those leading to certification or licensing in Sustainable Leadership.
At the end of most modules, short quizzes allow you to test your knowledge. You can retake these quizzes until you achieve a passing grade. The quizzes are designed to help you learn and take the form of multiple choice and true/false questions.
In the last module of a certification or licensing course, the final test covers all the material in the course. This is the only module in a course that requires you to complete the quiz or other set activity successfully (80% correct) within two attempts. If this doesn’t happen, one of our dedicated community of facilitators will make direct contact with you to help you in meeting the requirements of this module.
You will receive your certificate of completion for a micro course after passing the final quiz with 60% of answers correct.
You can find out more by following this link to our Licensing and Certification Pathway.
Basically the Foundations in Sustainable Leadership course leads to certification whereas the Advanced Practitioner in Sustainable Leadership course leads to licensing.
You cease being a member when your annual membership expires and you choose not to renew.
We understand that sometimes people can’t continue a course for a variety of reasons. As such we offer you a 50% refund if you have visited up to and including Module 2, Session 2 in the Foundations in Sustainable Leadership or Advanced Practitioner courses. If you have chosen to progress to the next session (Module 2, Session 3) no discount will apply.
No refunds are available for the micro courses because of their short duration.
The Australian government requires us to charge Australian residents the prevailing rate of Goods & Services Tax. This tax does not apply to residents of other countries.