A Business Leader for Climate and Biodiversity: Technoversal Leader
United Nations organised Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the end of the past year. It has been a moment for the countries to remember their pledges made under Paris Agreement (2015). And policymaker opinions have widespread media coverage. On the other side, the International Union for Conservation of Nature held the first-ever IUCN CEO Summit with more than a dozen global businesses. They addressed biodiversity loss and climate change . Although such initiatives from business leaders are encouraging, business leaders and environment interaction are needed to approach the subject with a holistic perspective to cover the complete story. The topic requires perceiving what happened and is happening with simple observable facts.
After sensing these facts, we will only then find more honest answers if leaders had interacted enough and played a significant role in changing the course of the current environmental situation.
What Is Happening?
The world is chaotic. Overly-populated cities, resource scarcity, climate change, floods, and fires threaten the earth. Humanity caused the extinction of many as the very tiny fraction of all time on earth. Sometimes, even to name it as an extinction sounds underwhelming when we observe the whole situation. The majority of wild mammals are already gone. Humans will not see half of the plants anymore.
Almost eight billion people share this planet with others. They eat, drink, and breathe by using sources on earth. And does humanity care about all the others with whom they share the world? The world population was around two billion a century ago. Despite pandemics and big wars, it went up four times while all the others were wiped from the face of the earth forever.
The little part of humanity is acting to aid the others that human lives together on the planet, but the Big Picture tells us many stays ineffective. Everyone does not have the conscience to feel sad about what happens to animals and plants, which is a bitter fact history proved to us. It inevitably is a grave issue for all breathing on this planet, and everyone must bear in mind that these extinctions are more threatening than ever.
It is time for humans to be smart enough to understand this fact, especially business leaders whose most significant concern is resource scarcity must act. Environmental ethics must be a component of their leadership style, and educators and trainers must raise leaders with a mind for biodiversity protection and against climate change.
The author gives a couple of widely-accepted leadership styles as examples to broadly understand the environment and leadership interactions. They are Transformational and Transactional styles. And the status quo of the world, leadership, and their interactions make him offer and include the Technoversal leadership style.
In terms of research conducted about them, Transactional leaders find much interest in the literature.
On the other side, Transformational leaders have been considered an impactful business leadership style . Technoversal joins the group, and it offers environmental consciousness in its foundation, which makes this style rare. And combining this consciousness with a well-defined skillset makes the Technoversal style a promising one.
Transactional, Transformational, and Technoversal, since they all have the initial T, T-Leaders will then suit them well!
There are many papers about Transformational and Transactional. Yet, there are a few about Technoversal since it was first introduced in a thesis in August 2020 . It is a novel style in many senses. A Transformational leader would inspire his followers to achieve a common goal, but a Transactional would direct his employees to complete a task. When we look at Transactional and Transformational styles, we observe their essence boils down to leader-follower interactions as expected.
Businesses and Environment
When many leaders were born, generating revenue, growth, and leader-follower interactions were central for businesses. So, consultancy companies typically study these styles in this context and do not often study leaders for their consciousness of the environment, climate, and biodiversity.
Although many decades passed and the world’s needs changed, they continue to evaluate and analyse leaders in the same circles—in the profit and growth context. Businesses use many fancy terms to more humanely express this profit-making aspect, for they can gloss over their negative impact on nature and climate.
In terms of economic sustainability, they have been successful in many geographies. And the last 100 years have shown this success to us because there are too many companies operating in different sectors throughout the globe. And they generate a lot more revenue compared to the past.
They continue to look for more growth and profit. And obviously, this will continue until something catastrophic happens. But what do they do for the climate and biodiversity? When we look at the world we live in, we can observe that they failed in different aspects. And these aspects are very significant indeed.
They did not heed the other creatures enough with whom they share the world. And they remain indifferent. The leaders who do not have emotions for animals and plants will finally affect everyone. An entire planet will bear the consequences of this apathy, and eventually, all humanity will share these consequences.
Leadership for the Climate and Biodiversity
Technoversal Leader comes into play at this point, like a fresh breath and a game-changer.
Why is the Technoversal style necessary? Answered as follows: In this new world order, leadership has reached a stage where there is a need for ultimate leaders. The ones that originate from the very elements of this disruptive environment and the ones that rise with distinguishing skills and epoch-making perspectives .
Technoversal leader connects the concept of leadership to nature. As part of T-Leaders, it is a new bond between leaders, animals, and natural habitats. It plays a significant role in explaining the leadership for the environment. It is the core that sets the stage for leadership and environmental interactions.
Although making money signifies everything for many businesses around the globe, and they do many things for it, the reality and need of the world is not only economic development anymore. Climate change, resource scarcity, breathable air and fresh water, and what some benighted humans destroy non-stop.
Especially the conditions in overly-populated countries are making the living conditions worse each day.
Many technologic inventions and innovations are somehow part of vicious cycles.
After each industrial revolution, businesses use new machines that pollute or contaminate the environment. And other types of equipment are produced to clear the effect of this pollution. But actually, what is happening is a self-created-problem-solution cycle that kills mother nature.
Technoversal Leader, a new figure, appears with an epoch-making perspective, and it defends that current leaders must embrace all and care for nature. And future leaders must raise nature consciousness.
This word derives from Technology and Universal. The former is for the leaders using technology for good in the Digital Era, and the latter is for being sensitive to animals and plants.
This style has another central factor. And it guides leaders to a well-established skill set. It is essential for excelling at leadership in the technology era, and corporations need well-defined skill-based leaders in the redundance of leadership styles today.
In context with skills, the Technoversal style is skill-based, for the leader can also and successfully meet conventional business goals. Technoversal Leader is at a special place where technology, environmental consciousness, and adaptable qualities intersect—these qualities are known as APARTS behaviours.
The author has extracted these behaviours with analyses and research to find the mostly-needed skills and behaviours. The leader of today and the future, a Technoversal Leader, must be Agile, Problem Solver, Adaptable, Respectful, Tech-savvy (having a data-driven mindset), and Seeking Perspectives.
“The mnemonic device APARTS fits well to abbreviate the essential qualities that will make the leader ready for many challenges in these disruptive times and take the leader ahead of the crowd and beyond the time. These qualities will make it easy for us to tell the leader Apart[s]” .
He coins APARTS as Gold Medalist Behaviors since it derives from comprehensive research and its significance in answering conventional business expectations. He also contributes another concept for leadership as DOER Behaviors, which stands for Diligence, Opportunism, Empathy, Resilience.
It is the second set and Silver Medalist Behaviors of leadership, as they follow APARTS. And a leader who possesses DOER behaviours becomes a DOER leader, and so does the Technoversal leader. DOER and APARTS make the Big Ten of Technoversal Leadership .
The creator is well aware that a leader has to answer the conventional business expectations to be accepted by the business world and consultancies. Thus, a Technoversal leader is also required to run a business successfully. Otherwise, standing for climate and biodiversity alone will not be satisfactory for corporations, and the business world will reject it and do further.
So it becomes a crystal-clear fact that Technoversal Leadership has to answer both Planet’s needs and businesses’ goals together. So it offers well-determined skills, which will meet business expectations and create hope to stand a chance for the future of the Earth—our only home!
Messages to the Next Generations
Plants and animals are inevitable for sustainability. They are also irreplaceable for giving tranquillity to the people.
As they co-exist in harmony, they mean peace to the human soul. There are not many things like a singing bird or a calmly dancing tree in a soft wind that can feed our souls with serenity.
Money cannot provide beauty and calmness in a world where trees and birds do not exist.
Leaders carry a responsibility to convey even a part of these messages to the next generations. Because as the driving force of businesses and societies, leaders are key people who must initially adopt crucial ideas. They play a significant role in the propagation process of these ideas and phenomena as they inspire their followers. And the followers can spread these ideas, so leaders can and must help recover the unrighteousness against nature and avoid a butterfly effect.
Leaders must discipline others for the greater good because if we do not act rapidly, many parts of the earth are only a few generations away from an uninhabitable planet .
Another question will reveal leadership significance at this point, who does preside over the world? Governments, civil organisations, armies, or are they the corporations behind the scenes? Corporations hold a strong position for sure. Hence, if some people impact the destiny of all living, business leaders must play a significant role in giving the right course.
Their thoughts, characteristics, and nature matter. Because we must accept that the very reasons for this decimation that drags us to an unlivable planet are the frailties of human nature that come into play as a variable, and they change everything beyond recall.
Imagine a world described as the end in science fiction movies. Only made of concrete, there is no green; not even a single bird is flying. Do not forget the oxygen tank on your back. And now, imagine you have millions of dollars in that world.
Are those millions saving your life? Or is it a leaf on the tree branch? As a significant part of the systems, leaders are prime messengers who can communicate and teach these necessities to their followers and next-generation leaders. The Technoversal Leader is the messenger of these vital messages . And all leaders ought to do it for all remaining living to sustain their existence before it is too late.
Actual Role and Place of Humans in the Life Circle
Humans are not at the centre of the life circle, but they are only a part of this sensitive chain, which they broke themselves. There has never been a species that is in disharmony with its ecology. And if we are to have even a slight chance to fix it for once, we need a leadership style that transcends traditional and economic mindsets.
A Technoversal Leader courageously and insistently speaks out the truths and actual needs, the need for population control, shifting from fossil fuels to natural energy to whatever cost.
One that challenges technological disruption embraces all living things on the planet and rises with distinguishing skills. Thus, a leadership that is not limited to time and place, a leader for all and always.
Leaders’ Role in the Human Circle
Wars break out, climate-based disasters hit all things living, and biodiversity loss continues. When all this happens, leaders with broad influence ought not only to focus on growth and leader-follower interactions.
They can and ought to take more responsibility. There would be less need for leadership in a world where things were better, as the need for it typically comes from problems and challenges.
So, leadership is the child of chaos and disorder. And what tells apart a leader from the others is the capacity to answer these urgent needs and all these goods that the leaders can do. These goods for the next decades that make a leader pass beyond the expectations will be teaching the responsibilities for climate, biodiversity, and peace.
If we wish to change the destiny of our planet, we must change businesses. And if we want to transform businesses into this course, we must change leaders.
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Hakan Kapucu has approximately 20 years of work experience as of 2021, early seven years of the last eleven in International Commerce, and the following four in Investment. As a firm believer in science and education everywhere, the author ceaselessly learns and wishes to spread his learning. Besides his work life, he researches or designs pieces on leadership, technology concepts, and environmental issues. He experienced multicultural environments while he was traveling to many countries. He has strong analytical skills with competency in speaking several languages. Hakan is the creator and contributor of some new concepts, terms, and styles to the literature. He also holds reviewer positions for scientific Journals. He believes that knowledge is strength, and this strength is for all.