“A prime purpose of leadership is to question the organisation’s prevailing paradigm and make it more fit for tomorrow’s challenges.” This is the assertion made by William Tate in his 2013 White Paper Managing Leadership from a Systemic Perspective1 . Yet I am struck by the numbers of senior executives that I come across who pay little or no attention to the underlying dynamics of their organisation. Those underlying, hidden and often unspoken human dynamics that make the difference between success and failure.

“A prime purpose of leadership is to question the organisation’s prevailing paradigm and make it more fit for tomorrow’s challenges.” This is the assertion made by William Tate in his 2013 White Paper Managing Leadership from a Systemic Perspective1 . Yet I am struck by the numbers of senior executives that I come across who pay little or no attention to the underlying dynamics of their organisation. Those underlying, hidden and often unspoken human dynamics that make the difference between success and failure.

By illuminating these invisible dynamics, systemic leaders uncover truths and wisdom that no management textbook can teach. By bringing this hidden wisdom to the surface and acknowledging these previously unconscious truths, they can bring an organisation in turmoil back into equilibrium. Just as in a family where a child dies prematurely, it can happen that in order to survive the trauma, the parents choose not to speak of the lost child to the surviving children or to each other. Yet, as soon as the lost child is acknowledged, and the family has a chance to express their sadness, somehow the equilibrium is restored and the family can move on.

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