Complexity Theory And Leadership Theory

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Complexity theory and Leadership There are many theories when it comes to leadership. Many of these date back hundreds of years to military styles of leadership. The 1990 's saw the emergence of a new theory in terms of leadership, Complexity Theory, which has since developed further and has been implemented in some of the most successful companies in the world. What is complexity theory? Computational modelling has become ever popular in industries that require prediction of outcomes, by developing complex algorithms that attempt to predict the outcome of certain complex actions. There are a variety of inputs that can drastically change the output of the model. A similar model can be applied to human interaction, with an infinite number…show more content…
Complexity theory is the understanding of the processes by which positive innovation and change occurs. How does it vary from traditional leadership methods Each organisation begins out of innovation, someone has an idea and that idea becomes the organisation. This is the Entrepreneurial System, and is responsible for innovation and creativity (Goldstein, et al., 2009). Once the organisation is functioning, the Administrative System begins to take over, accounting for improvements in bureaucracy, efficiency and order. The trade off for efficiency and order is to stifle the creative and innovative change that can lead to chaos (Hazy, 2006). Traditional leadership styles dictate that when there is chaos, that order should be restored, and often followers or employees search for order in times of chaos. However, in applying total order to chaos, creativity and innovation are eliminated by application of a hierarchal authoritarian system (Goldstein, et al., 2009). Instead of oppressing creativity and innovation through order, complexity theory embraces small amounts of chaos implementing minimal changes, encouraging followers to perform their duties in a creative manner. It is important that the levels of chaos do not lead to followers being unable to perform their duties; however, acceptable levels of chaos should be embraced, allowing freedom of thought and interaction between followers (Van de Van, et al., 1999). How is Complexity
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