Honeybees & locusts: the business case for sustainable leadership

Gayle C. Avery, Harald Bergsteiner

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Since biblical times, honeybees and locusts have represented creation and destruction. Honeybees build community and ecosystems; locusts eat green fields bare. Avery and Bergsteiner use these insects to illustrate two dominant leadership philosophies. Organizational honeybee behaviour leads to more sustainable and more profitable long-term results; locust behaviour can bring short term profit but ultimately diminishes the organization.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Number of pages274
ISBN (Print)9781742373935
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Leadership--Philosophy
  • Leadership--Moral and ethical aspects
  • Business planning
  • Organizational behavior

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