Don’t ask what leaders need to do, ask what leaders need to be!
We live in interesting times
Everyone wants a sustainable future, with a flourishing natural world, food for all, and a solution for pollution. Everyone wants to benefit from technological advances, economic progress, and institutions that create safety, equity, and wellbeing for all.
These wishes are complex. When we say complex, we mean that their intrinsic structure makes them difficult to realize. These problems have no clear definition, as they cross multiple stakeholder groups, are interrelated, contain feedback loops, and continuously change which means that they don’t have one clear moral or optimal solution.
Unfortunately, we live in a time where leaders face more and more of these complex problems. The system we live in is bumping against its own limits. The old policies and structures that formed the system have outlived their usefulness. Whether you’re a politician trying to manage a tax system that’s not set up to deal with companies that can change their tax regime with a touch of a button or whether you’re a business leader trying to navigate your organization through the latest technologies, all of you face more complex problems every day.