Leadership and System Thinking

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Learning Organizations, Leadership and System Thinking Table of Contents Introduction What is system thinking? Organizational background Bureaucratic versus the Learning Organization System Thinking: How does it relate to the Learning organization? System Thinking and the new leadership Conclusion Learning Organizations, Leadership and System Thinking Introduction Having in mind that the purpose of this course is exploring individuals and organizations as learning systems, I wanted to deepen my understanding of how systems thinking, the fifth discipline mentioned by Peter Senge, relates to and affects the office of leadership and organizational learning in different social, political and economical…show more content…
He describes system thinking as “a discipline for seeing wholes; as a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots (Senge, 1990 p.73). Many different definitions can be found in the vast literature that has addressed system thinking, but they all seem to have consensus that, system thinking is holistic, a new mind set for understanding how things work. System thinking is integral, in both, the analysis of situations as well as in its conclusions. It proposes solutions that take into account diverse elements and relationships that form the system and the environment in which it exits, and as such it can be used as a tool, as a new language and as a new perspective. When used as a tool, it graphically depicts the understanding of a particular system 's structure and behavior. When used as a language, system thinking has unique qualities that assist communication with others, regardless of their native languages. Furthermore, when used as a new perspective it helps to see the events and patterns in a new light to design high-leverage interventions for problematic system 's behaviors in the near or long term future (Senge, 1990) It is a perspective for going beyond events, to looking for patterns of behavior, to seeking underlying systemic interrelationships which are responsible for the patterns of
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