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.

The Systemic Leadership Approach

The systemic leadership approach

Figure 4.1


This chapter explains the Systemic Leadership approach in depth. We examine the philosophy that underpins Systemic Leadership and discuss how this philosophy translates into practice in getting leadership tasks done.

Chapters 1, 2 and 3 stressed that the fundamental tasks of leadership relate to mobilizing the organization around new realities and change. In Chapter 2 we discussed the systemic nature of new realities and the need for systems thinking to grasp their organizational impact. In Chapter 3, we reviewed some of the normative theories of leadership relevant to Systemic Leadership.

In these next pages, after further developing the concept of Systemic Leadership, we examine some important distinctions that set the Systemic Leadership approach apart from other leadership approaches. ...

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