Systems Thinking

Systems thinking helps leaders to make sense of their complex environments and helps teams develop a shared understanding of their current reality. From this perspective, leaders and teams are better able to plan and enact change.

Where to start

10 Minute Resources

If you just have a few minutes, find introductory information, including short videos, checklists, tips, tools and articles.

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10–30 Minute Resources

If you have a little more time, find more detailed information, including articles, podcasts, videos and TED Talks.

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In-Depth Resources

If you have a few hours, take a deep dive into the subject, including books, MOOCs, courses, webinars and classes.

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Related LEADS capabilities include:

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Successful leaders:

Demonstrate systems/critical thinking
They think analytically and conceptually, questioning and challenging the status quo to identify issues, solve problems and design and implement effective processes across systems and stakeholders.
Encourage and support innovation
They create a climate of continuous improvement and creativity aimed at systemic change.
Orient themselves strategically to the future
They scan the environment for ideas, best practices, and emerging trends that will shape the system.
Champion and orchestrate change
They actively contribute to change processes that improve health service delivery.

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