“Though they differ widely in personality and style, genuine system leaders have a remarkably similar impact. Over time, their profound commitment to the health of the whole radiates to nurture similar commitment in others. Their ability to see reality through the eyes of people very different from themselves encourages others to be more open as well. They build relationships based on deep listening, and networks of trust and collaboration start to flourish. … As these system leaders emerge, situations previously suffering from polarization and inertia become more open, and
what were previously seen as intractable problems become perceived as opportunities for innovation. Short-term reactive problem solving becomes more balanced with long-term value creation. And organizational self-interest becomes re-contextualized, as people discover that their and their organization’s success depends on creating wellbeing within the larger systems of which they are a part.”
- The first capability is the ability to see the larger system.
- The second capability involves fostering reflection and more generative conversations.
- The third capability centres on shifting the collective focus from reactive problem solving to co-creating the future.
It was so inspiring to observe and be part of generative conversations relating to sabb
atical / personal professional learning and growing self-awareness. Throughout the sessions and indeed during break times, there was a positive, supportive professional culture evident ‘building wellbeing not only for self but for the larger systems” which we are all a part of.
___________________________________________________________________Growing Deep: Vocational Practices: Ongoing improvement and innovation: “Excellence
is pursued through a culture of reflection, collaboration, innovation and creativity.”
Educational Leadership Director