Systems Sensibility for Leadership Development
Systems Sensibility—one of the twelve recommended leadership development competencies—includes:
- The ability to understand that we are all interconnected and interrelated.
- Understanding that a change in one part can have an effect on the other parts, even if we can’t see direct causation.
- Developing the practice and skill of looking at systems as a whole
- Understanding the idea of mental models and how we can challenge our own.
We respect and participate in the interconnected web of all existence grounded in our growing understanding of systems from the discoveries of Quantum Physics, Process Theology and American Pragmatism.
- Participate in Study/Reflection groups with others who are developing their own systems sensibility.
- "Getting on the Balcony"
- "Congregations as Emotional Systems" (YouTube, 36:52) by Peter Steinke at Unitarian Universalist (UU) University
- Church Conflict: A Systems Perspective (YouTube, 32:00) by Peter Steinke at UU University
- Mind Walk: clip explaining Systems Theory (YouTube, 5:05)
- Introduction to Healthy Congregations (YouTube, 9:58)
- Art of Hosting (YouTube, 3:31)
- Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice by George Ambler
- Can You See the Triangles by Margaret Marcuson
- Dependency in Congregational Life, or "Mommy! Daddy! by the Rev. Kenneth Gordon Hurto (podcast and article)
- The Emotional Dynamics of Leadership (free registration required) from the 2006 UU University
- Organizational Health: A Powerful Advantage with Patrick Lencioni
- Congregational Leadership During Anxious Times with Nancy Heege
- Congregational Life Dynamics and Conflict Management (PDF): An Application of Family Systems Theory Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Handbook
- Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What by Peter L. Steinke
- Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach by Peter L. Steinke
- Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World by Margaret Wheatley
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