Leadership and the New Science

Deming Institute

Leadership and the New Science: Learning about Organizations from an Orderly Universe by Margaret Wheatley does a good job of exploring how to view organizations as a system. The new science aspect provides the frame of reference of quantum physics and chaos theory. Leadership and the New Science provides an excellent view of the value of understanding the importance of interactions, emergence and systems thinking to those interested in leading organizations.

The Wickedness Behind Most 21st-Century Leadership Failures

Harvard Business Review

However, systems thinking, chaos theory, power laws, and the like are not enough. Brilliant leadership is now about brilliant facilitation. Decision making Leadership Managing uncertaintyIt's not typically the wickedness of leaders (or of boards, for that matter) that gets companies into trouble. It's their failure to effectively manage the wickedness of the problems they face — problems that resist obvious solutions.