Recognizing and responding to change is the oxygen of life for an organization, and leadership is fundamentally about focusing organizations on these new realities. Leadership and Change Management provides the reader with a practical, real-world understanding of several dimensions of leadership that are usually neglected in management textbooks, such as the nature of new realities and how managers can improve their insight into them, and how leaders can identify and overcome resistance to change.

Drawing on a wide range of insightful, global real-life case studies to capture the imagination, the topics covered include critical systems thinking, philosophies of leadership, group dynamics, authority, ethics, personal character and the psychology of leadership.

This comprehensive text will be of interest to anyone looking for a more thoughtful engagement with the key issues in leadership and change management.

Critical Systems Thinking

Critical systems thinking

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In Chapter 1 we explored the impact of new realities and the value tensions they create. We said that dealing with change is difficult because of the loss it implies. We also discussed how new realities are often complex to identify.

In this chapter we discuss systems, systems theory and the importance of having a systems thinking mindset if one wants to recognize new realities and be adaptive. New realities are invariably systemic by nature. They are not isolated incidents that only affect a local or small part of a system. The repercussions of new realities reverberate throughout the system. The ripple effect is often subtle and covert, requiring a systems mindset in order to be seen and understood.

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