THE INSTITUTE FOR SYSTEMIC LEADERSHIP
of the organisation • by the organisation • for the organisation
Why we need a different approach to leadership
Are you? Or does there seem to be scope for improvement? Big improvement. And do leadership development programmes transform organisations? Not much, if we’re honest. Expensive programmes don’t seem to have much impact beyond individual managers. Even that quickly seeps away. The glue’s about as sticky as a Post-it note. A trick is being missed. People are looking in the wrong place for the leadership their organisations need.
They tend to separate leadership from the organisation’s reality and concentrate on individuals’ qualities, behaviour, skills and competence. When things go badly wrong, the public and especially politicians blame managers for the corporate failings and want them trained to be better leaders. But this doesn’t achieve the desired ends: the context and the system they work in is mostly left untouched – unconsidered, unexamined and unreformed. Who actually takes an active responsibility for looking after the system’s competence as a whole – the bits, the connections, the gaps?
This Institute is different in several ways. Here are two:
- It has a different vision: one that can see, understand and act on the fishes’ context. It is concerned with the system and how well it uses leadership.
- Its aim is that organisations should become better led as a whole and not simply have good individual leaders. That’s just for starters. To read about the fishtank metaphor, read here.
Dr. William Tate
Dr. William Tate at the Leadership Awards 2016
2017 Systemic Leadership Summit
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