Systemic Leadership

How do you navigate as a leader and as an organization in turbulent (VUCA-) times like these? Times where rational systematic approaches and ways of working are no longer sufficient to survive and to be successful.

Dealing with these challenges requires a different perception and awareness. And the ability to get to the essence and how we relate to these challenges. This isn’t an easy task and it requires high demands of leaders. A quick fix is no longer an option.

It requires Systemic Leadership. But what does this mean?
Systemic Leadership enables and empowers leaders and organizations to engage in transformational processes. Dealing with the upcoming future – unlike the plannable future – can be compared with learning to surf the waves.
It calls for systemic perception and awareness, and to act differently from there. Where we are used to zooming in on problems or issues, from a systemic perspective you zoom out and sense what is underneath the surface. To figure out which patterns and dynamics are responsible for inadequate responses and functioning of the organizational system and their leaders.
So how do you as a leader answer the upcoming future?

This afternoon we will reflect on the need for systemic leadership, what this basically means and what it requires of leaders and their organizations, and especially in times of disruption.
Of course, there will be practical examples. And we would like to invite you to explore one of the basic principles of Systemic Leadership; in order to have a small taste of how systemic perception and awareness work. It will partially be a participative meeting and slightly different than in October last year.

That is why we asked Karin Raes to our stage. Her systemic approach to leadership, talent & organizational development is based on a compelling framework that integrates skills and sensibilities with proven (un)conventional approaches and established and innovative organizational practices. She follows amongst others the method developed by Hellinger, Stam, Veenbaas, and Ruppert. The systemic perspective looks at the essence of living systems. Like family systems, teams, organizations, and society. She looks at hidden patterns and potential. And at what it takes for these systems and their leaders to be and to function how they are intended to be. Free of judgment, ruthless, and with an open heart.

Karin Raes holds a 1st degree in Physical Education and a doctorate in Marketing and Strategic Management. Since 1990 she has fulfilled multiple roles as entrepreneur, organizational change manager, and leader, mainly in the field of sport, business, education, health, and hospitality. Her curiosity always leads her to new contemporary and innovative methods that fit the current zeitgeist and lifestyle. In 2013 she published the book ‘Op Karakter Naar De Top!’, which was published in 2015 as ‘Making It to the Board’, and should be read by everyone who holds a leadership position in any organization.