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The Leadership of Emergence – A Complex Systems Leadership Theory of Emergence

Complexity science reframes leadership by focusing on the dynamic interactions between all individuals, explaining how those interactions can, under certain conditions, produce emergent outcomes. We develop a Leadership of Emergence using this approach, through an analysis of three empirical studies … Continue reading

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Complexity Leadership in Bureaucratic Forms of Organizing – A Meso Model

We consider Complexity Leadership Theory in contexts of bureaucratic forms of organizing to describe how adaptive dynamics can work in combination with administrative functions to generate emergence and change in organizations. Complexity leadership approaches are consistent with the central assertion … Continue reading

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Complexity Leadership Theory – shifting Leadership from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Era

Leadership models of the last century have been products of top-down, bureaucratic paradigms. These models are eminently effective for an economy premised on physical production but are not well-suited for a more knowledge oriented economy. Complexity science suggests a different … Continue reading

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Complexity Leadership Theory – An interactive perspective on Leading in Complex Adaptive Systems

Traditional, hierarchical views of leadership are less and less useful given the complexities of our modern world. Leadership theory must transition to new perspectives that account for the complex adaptive needs of organizations. In this paper, we propose that leadership … Continue reading

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Relational Leadership Theory – Exploring the Social Processes of Leadership and Organizing

Relational leadership is a relatively new term in the leadership literature, and because of this, its meaning is open to interpretation. In the present article, I describe two perspectives of relational leadership: an entity perspective that focuses on identifying attributes … Continue reading

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Leadership in Complex Organizations

This paper asks how complexity theory informs the role of leadership in organizations. Complexity theory is a science of complexly interacting systems; it explores the nature of interaction and adaptation in such systems and how they influence such things as … Continue reading

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Resilient Leaders — Implications for Leader Development

This research report delves into the notions of resilience and leadership, and into the processes that enable long-term resilience. It also explores the developmental interventions that can facilitate and sustain such processes, so as to ensure that the individual is … Continue reading

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Systems Thinking – Creative Holism for Managers

In a world of complexity and change, managers are asked to tackle a much greater diversity of problems. This requires the putting in place of flexible structures as well as the demonstration of transformational leadership qualities. Holism puts the study … Continue reading

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Complexity Leadership – Conceptual Foundations

This book introduces leadership and organizational scholars to the potential of complexity science for broadening leadership study beyond its traditional focus on leaders’ actions and influence, to a consideration of leadership as a broader, dynamically and interactive organizing process. The … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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