Complexity and the Nexus of Leadership: Creating Ecologies of Innovation

We reframe “leader” and “leadership” as referring primarily to events rather than people. Through a series of interactions over time, leadership events alter the underlying framework of engagement. A complexity science based view sees leadership as an influence process that arises through interactions across the organization: leadership happens in “the space between” people as they interact. Through influential interactions, which are happening all the time in every corner of the organization, novelty emerges and is enacted in unique and surprising ways. This means that the true catalysts of innovation are the web of relationships – in the nexus of interactions – that connect members to each other and to other in the environment. We are using the term “generative leadership” to highlight that the process of innovation is not led by any one individual but emerges through an unfolding series of events at every level of the organization.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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