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An influential paper by Mr Wouter Lincklaen Arriens (formally Asian Development Bank) and Uta Wehn de Montalvo from UNESCO-IHE Institute of Water Education which outlines the case for investing in leadership development within the international water sector.


A well researched case study that highlights the importance of a cross-sector network of champions in advancing water sensitive urban design in Melbourne.

  • Brown, R., & Clarke, J. (2007). Transition to water sensitive urban design: The story of Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne, Victoria: Facility for Advancing Water Biofiltration and National Urban Water Governance Program, Monash University.


A thesis reporting research that investigated champions (key change agents) who worked at project and executive levels in Australian water agencies to promote more sustainable forms of water management, such as integrated water management.

  • Taylor, A. (2010). Sustainable Urban Water Management: The Champion Phenomenon. PhD eThesis. National Urban Water Governance Program, Monash University, Victoria, Melbourne.

Key findings from a set of international case studies that examined the role of individual and organisational ‘policy entrepreneurs’ (emergent leaders) in driving major transitions in water policy.

  • Meijerink, S., & Huitema, D. (2010). Policy entrepreneurs and change strategies: Lessons from sixteen case studies of water transitions around the globe. Ecology and Society, 15(2): 1-21.


This chapter discusses environmental change agents, including important personal characteristics and skills.

  • Dunphy, D., Griffiths, A., & Benn, S. (2007). Organizational change for corporate sustainability (second edition). London, England: Routledge. Specifically, chapter 9 (Leading Towards Sustainability).


A well researched conceptual framework and guide to successfully engaging in leadership behaviours across different types of organisational boundaries (e.g. managerial levels, organisational silos, professional disciplines, cultures, etc.).

  • Ernst, C., & Chrobot-Mason, D. (2011). Boundary spanning leadership: Six practices for solving problems, driving innovation, and transforming organisations. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill.


A classic paper that makes a distinction between leadership and management. It is a good place to start coming to grips with the concept of leadership.

  • Kotter, J. (2001). What leaders really do. Best of HBR - breakthrough leadership. Harvard Business Review, December, 85-96. 


A highly respected and easy-to-read general reference on leadership, particularly within organisations.

  • Kouzes, J., & Posner, B. (2012). The leadership challenge. Fifth edition. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass.

A book chapter that provides sound guidance, a conceptual model and an assessment tool for team leadership, that drws on published reserach findings.

  • Hill, S. (2013). Team Leadership. In P. Northouse (Ed.), Leadership: Theory and practice (pp. 287-318). Sixth edition. London, UK: Sage.


A paper that provides an introduction to important concepts such as the difference between leadership and authority, and the forms of leadership needed to address complex challenges.

  • Flower, J. (1995). Leadership without easy answers: A conversation with Ronald Heifetz. The Healthcare Forum Journal, 38(4), 30-35.


Articles on program participant experience

Read what previous participants have to say about IWC's Water Leadership program.


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