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Want to Become a Sustainability Leader?

Centre for Sustainability Leadership - Changer Makers wanted
Written by Jennifer Nini

Are leaders born or made? It’s an enduring debate, reminiscent of the “nature versus nurture” debate.

Some people firmly believe that leaders are born with innate qualities that influence and motivate others while others believe that leadership skills are learned and practised.

So which camp is right?

Actually both are. A recent study by the University of Illinois proves that leadership is about 30% genetics and 70% human development. This means that even if you don’t naturally have the skills to be a leader, you can acquire them through learning and practise.

I bet you’re thinking: “Why is this question even relevant to a website such as Eco Warrior Princess?”

I’ll tell you why.

Because strong leaders are needed in sustainability now more than ever.

While Al Gore, David Suzuki and Jane Goodall are great examples of strong leaders, spearheading the sustainability cause on the world stage, we still need committed leaders to stand up and help the movement forward at the grass roots level.


Centre for Sustainability Leadership

Images courtesy of Centre for Sustainability Leadership

If you want to be a future change maker but feel you’re either lacking in natural ability or need to boost your influencing skills, why not apply for the Centre for Sustainability Leaderships Fellowship Program

This course is perfect for people passionate about sustainability and conservation, who want to improve their capacity to influence and drive the change they want to see in the world.

Now in its tenth year, this award-winning and industry-recognised program is the most successful of its kind – and it’s coming to Queensland!

This sustainability leadership program will be held at the World Heritage Listed Paluma Rainforest where you get the chance to experience the endangered Great Barrier Reef and learn with a community of like-minded people, all wanting to make positive change for the future.

Check out this video to learn more:


To apply for the Fellowship Program head to

Applications are open to residents Australia-wide and close THIS Sunday June 28.

So get on it today to avoid missing out!

For more information head to the Centre for Sustainability Leadership website or head to the Facebook page for updates.

Please share this information with your social networks. We’d like as many future leaders to be made aware of this program and be given the chance to apply before time runs out!

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About the author

Jennifer Nini

Jennifer Nini is a writer, activist and the founding editor of Eco Warrior Princess. In 2010, after studying Fashion Business, she launched Eco Warrior Princess to explore her interests in fashion, politics, social justice and sustainability. Jennifer is also the founder of The Social Copywriter, a digital agency harnessing the power of copywriting and content marketing to help mindful businesses reach more people. When she’s not perfecting a sentence or coaching business clients, you will find her at her certified organic farm reconnecting with nature.


  • Sounds like a great program and I’m thrilled to see more organizations training potential leaders in sustainability! I’ve never thought of myself as a leader either, but after reading through your post, I see your point that sometimes you just need direction and training to get you there.

    • Absolutely! I had been considering applying for the program myself but just have too much going on and wouldn’t be able to give it the commitment it deserves. Hopefully the Centre for Sustainable Leadership got lots of applications! We need more people leading the way 🙂

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