Leaders of sustainability research organizations need to provide an environment where interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science flourish. Developing the necessary leadership skills and attributes requires new, targeted training programmes.
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This work was supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) under funding received from the National Science Foundation DBI-1639145. Thanks to M. Palmer, Director of SESYNC and J. Kramer, Director for Interdisciplinary Science at SESYNC, who hosted the first meeting of leaders and for participating in that meeting. The Santa Fe Institute supported and hosted a follow-up workshop on ‘Tackling Complex Sustainability Issues: Lessons from Inter- and Transdisciplinary Organizations’, which led to the production of this Comment.