The traditional leadership development agenda supposes that we can break down the behaviours of a successful leader into a ‘toolbox’ of skills that the leader can call upon to address any challenge they face. Leadership development programs are prescriptive, course designers and facilitators effectively asking leaders to trust them to know how best they should lead. The new agenda doesn’t seek to teach the leader how to lead; rather it aims to provide the leader with access to different ways of thinking; for it is the way a leader thinks that determines the leader’s approach.

This short paper summaries the five different ways of thinking systemically and how they apply to leadership development. Click here to view short paper