Complex Adaptive Leadership

Complex Adaptive Leadership – 4 hours
In today’s increasingly complex organizations the traditional command-and control styles of leadership are no longer appropriate. As inter-linked networks that often extend beyond the organization itself replace rigid hierarchical structures there is a need for new leadership models, skills and behaviors. This workshop enables participants to explore some of the latest breakthrough thinking in the science of leadership and learn how these can be combined with traditional models to enable more effective leadership in today’s complex organizations.

Leading in times of volatility uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity

    • The context within which leadership is practiced has changed far faster than we have been able to change our fundamental assumptions about what leadership is.complex-adaptive-learning
    • The world is more connected and complex and followers more sophisticated than ever before
    • The discontinuity between the unchanged assumptions of leadership and the radically changed context has many consequences not least the need to have a new and modern approach to deal with VUCA times.

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Complex Adaptive Leadership
This workshop draws on the groundbreaking work done by Nick Obolensky in the area of Complex Adaptive Leadership; it enables leaders to gain a better understanding of the complex nature of the world in which they lead; to become comfortable with this new reality and to enhance their ability to seize the new opportunities it presents. During this workshop participants learn about the strategies and eight simple organizational principles that can be employed to help plan powerful actions that can have a disproportionate impact on the performance of complex organizations.

These principles and strategies are not designed to replace the more traditional models for leadership, but to supplement and complement them.  In fact, two much older models – the Situational Leadership model and the Skill/Will model, have helped to inspire the newly researched, improved, updated and combined approach that makes up the individual component of the Complex Adaptive Leadership model. This helps participants see personal opportunities to get better results, faster for less effort.

This highly interactive workshop is designed to enable participants to work together to develop the skills and behaviors that will enable them to succeed in leading in a complex matrix environment. Through in a variety of individual and team exercises and demanding role-plays they discover how to address challenges like the conflicts that can occur within a matrix organization.

Nick Obolensky has practiced leadership in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He has also researched it, and taught it over many years in leading business schools complex-learningincluding Nyenrode in Holland, INSEAD in France, IMD in Switzerland and LBS in the UK. In his recently widely acclaimed best-selling book “Complex Adaptive Leadership” he examines the new models of leadership that are needed in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment.

Workshop Outcome
Understand the dynamics at work within large de-centralized organizations
Develop the skills needed to lead in todays distributed organizations

Nick Obolensky