A systems view of leadership views it from the organisation's end of the telescope. This approach treats leadership as a property of the organisation as well as of individual leaders. It asks questions like 'What does the organisation need to do if it is to become better led as a whole?' And it recognizes that it isn't just managers who need to learn, develop and change: the organisation needs to do these things too.
All this means that the organisation must have and apply a new kind of leadership strategy - one that is very different from conventional leadership development programmes that claim to improve leadership. In fact, unless the organisational context is itself worked on at the same time, money spent on training individuals is largely wasted. The context will let them down.
The leadership mindset needs to switch from the individual to the organisation as a system, and from management development interventions towards ones that develop the organisation.
Copyright © 2017 - Dinergy Consulting LLP