T3.E1 Providing Leadership in Complex Systems, Distance Learning Version

Over the past 100 years, leadership theory has evolved considerably—from the notion that we were brought into this world as great leaders, to leadership as developed traits, skills, and behaviors, to recognizing that complex adaptive systems require a different theory of leadership.  Human service organizations are complex adaptive systems—organizations that are constantly evolving, being responsive to their environments, and often on what feels like the edge of chaos.


Individuals participating in this course will learn:

  1. What a complex adaptive system is
  2. How complex adaptive systems operate in a constellation of other complex adaptive systems
  3. How leadership in these systems requires new thinking
  4. Strategies for managing and leading these types of organizations

Individuals will be able to:

  1. Assess their effectiveness in leading a complex adaptive organization
  2. Manage the dynamic tension between the need to foster innovation and manage its emergence

3.      Foster leadership at all levels of the organization



September 13, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM