Systems Leadership: A view from the bridge

Tuesday 31 March 2015


Across the public and third sectors, we are beginning to accept a new way of thinking about the leadership required, applying the theory of ‘systems thinking’ to the practical reality of trying to achieve complex change. For both practitioners in OD, leadership development and for leaders themselves, there is an important opportunity now to exchange learning about how to lead well in these difficult times.

This paper is a personal account from OPM’s Sue Goss on how to make systems leadership work in practical terms. It is not simply about toolkits and ‘hot tips’ – there is a need for new theory to help explain what is happening, as well as carefully observed learning from practice. The paper has been shared widely with OD and HR colleagues and we hope it can form the basis of a wider conversation, so that the next five years can build on the discoveries of the last five.