Rae André’s latest book is Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change (University of Toronto Press, 2020). The book is unique in its application of a broad range of social science perspectives, from anthropology to psychology to economics, to help decision-makers explore how humanity can best address the climate crisis. Taking human nature into account, what is the best way forward? In the end, will Team Humanity save the planet? Refined over a decade in university courses on leadership for planetary sustainability, Lead for the Planet outlines five practices that successful leaders will need to adopt.
André designs courses and modules on climate leadership in academic, professional, and community settings. An organizational psychologist, she teaches the psychological aspects of climate leadership along with fundamental environmental science and systems thinking.
She has also had a career-long interest in organizational design. Her articles on government-sponsored enterprises, quangos, so-called benefit corporations, economic development organizations and the organizational gray sector have appeared in such journals as Business Horizons, Journal of Business Ethics, Harvard Business Review case series on Leadership and Managing People, Economic Development Quarterly, Non-Profit Quarterly, and Journal of General Management.
André is the recipient of the David L. Bradford Outstanding Educator Award for demonstrated achievement over a lifetime from the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. Her paper “Using Leadered Groups in Organizational Behavior and Management Survey Courses,” received the Fritz Roethlisberger Memorial Award for the Best Paper in the Journal of Management Education. She served MOBTS as president from 2010 to 2013.
She is the author of nine books and monographs and dozens of articles. Her books include Take Back the Sky: Protecting Communities in the Path of Aviation Expansion (Sierra Club Books), Organizational Behavior: An Introduction to Your Life in Organizations (Prentice-Hall), Researchers Hooked on Teaching; Noted Scholars Discuss the Synergies of Teaching and Research (edited with Peter J. Frost, Sage Publications), Positive Solitude (Harper Collins), and The 59:Second Employee: How to Stay One Second Ahead of Your One-Minute Manager (Houghton Mifflin).