Online course

Advanced Practitioner in Sustainable Leadership

Sustainable Leadership: Good for business, people and our planet

Sustainable Leadership drives high performance by addressing the interests of all stakeholders, including society and the environment; by fostering employees and a supportive organisational culture; and by ensuring good governance, a long-term perspective and high ethical standards.

The Advanced Practitioner in Sustainable Leadership course enables you to become a licensed practitioner and advisor in Sustainable Leadership. This course builds on the learnings from the Foundations in Sustainable Leadership course. It provides a deep dive into the 23 individual practices and trains you to use our advanced assessment tools. You apply them first to a living case study with the class, and then individually to a client of your own choosing.

This course is presented by Dr Gayle Avery and Dr Harry Bergsteiner, co-founders of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership, using evidence-based material that they and other leading researchers have gathered over two decades. 

During her 30 year tenure as a university professor, Gayle taught leadership to executives at top tier business schools around the world. Her wealth of global teaching experience in designing and delivering executive education courses, along with the Institute’s wide ranging consulting work with large, medium and small businesses, means that all course material is founded in real-life and is optimally suited to the needs of managers whatever their business sector or country of operation.

Dr Harry Bergsteiner is a globally recognised expert in Sustainable Leadership and accountability. He has wide experience teaching executives around the world and advising organisations on how to become high performing and resilient, while caring for people and the environment.


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.


After you successfully complete this course you are eligible for a practitioner’s license in Sustainable Leadership. This includes a virtual badge, access to ISL tools and resources to use while you remain licensed, ongoing membership of ISL, and online group discussion forums as part of the ISL community.

One year’s licensing fee is included in the course fee.

Combine great business outcomes with sustainable practices that are good for society and the environment as well as for investors!

Help others achieve high performance using Sustainable Leadership 

This course advances your understanding of the evidence-based Sustainable Leadership practices and prepares you to apply them across your own organisation or by advising others.

Global leadership experts take you on a journey into 23 leadership practices, each of which demonstrably enhances the performance of a firm.

Course details

6 learning modules + 1 licensing quiz

Supplementary learning materials

Case studies and activities show applications to a range of situations

Work at your own pace online

Multiple live online sessions with Dr. Gayle Avery and other experts from our Institute supplement your learning

Estimated time required: 100 hours

6 learning modules

Module 1. Orientation. This module introduces the course and the learning resources.

Module 2. What is Sustainable Leadership? Here you learn more about creating high-performing, resilient “Honeybee” organisations. Using the Sustainable Leadership Pyramid (SLP), you will explore relationships between the practices and see how each practice adds value to key performance outcomes.

Module 3. Using the leadership paradigms. The focus here is understanding and managing the Leadership Culture, which is a core practice in sustainable enterprises. Learn how to use different leadership paradigms in creating positive cultures that fit the people and the context.

Module 4. Deep dive into Honeybee practices. This module delves into the Sustainable “Honeybee” Leadership practices, covering research and inspiring case studies from around the world. Here, you will see how organisations apply “Honeybee” practices on their journey towards achieving high performance while implementing a higher social purpose.

Module 5. Applying the tools.  This module introduces you to using a range of advanced Sustainable Leadership tools in a real context. You will get experience with the tools by applying them to a living Case Study organisation together with your classmates.

Module 6. Working with a client.  Here you reapply our advanced tools and frameworks to your own test client. In a series of online meetings with your facilitators and classmates you can share your progress and findings. You will be asked to present your final report to the class before sharing the results with the client.

Module 7: Licensed practitioner assessment. Your client report and diary records from Module 6 form part of the assessment for licensing as an Advanced Practitioner, along with an online quiz.

Course fee: $3990

GST will be added for Australian residents at checkout.