In the Complexity Space, continuous, often unpredictable change is the “normal” state. Traditional top-down, “command and control” styles of leadership are not effective when the “right” answer is always changing!
Yet it is critical to have catalysts; guides who can perturb existing patterns and influence the system to change. We call this phenomenon “influence-ship” to distinguish it from traditional leadership. Influencers exist at all levels of the organization, in both formal and informal capacities.
We have identified “influence-ship” as an Ecosystem Lever because we believe it is possible to intentionally shift this set of behaviors. Specific requests might include:
- Collecting and sharing stories
- Assigning responsibility and accountability for projects in different ways
- Sharing models and methods like Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership II.