For some time now I've been grappling with how to lead in complexity. Ironically I've found complexity quite a complex topic to learn.
I think this in part to the fact that it challenges our human desire for simplicity. We crave order, consistency and clarity.
The reality is that most situations in the workplace are far from simple.
The best leaders I've worked with are those who accept this reality. They work with complexity rather than trying to control it.
Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps by Jennifer Garvey Berger shares how to lead in complexity.
Leaders are easily trapped in these 5 ways:
- The desire for simple stories
- Drive towards rightness
- Need for agreement
- Need for control
- Feed the ego.
This summary expands on how you can break free from these traps.