The Wider Context Matters

  • Catherine HobbsEmail author


Wider context? This chapter sets out the third stage of the five-stage Adaptive Learning Pathway for Systemic Leadership, focusing upon the importance of considering a wider context. Work is undertaken in a contextual and dynamic way, rather than being formulaic and static, with periods of interruption for change programmes. There are six suggested resources signposted for thinking about the wider context. These include Strategic Choice Approach, Strategic Options Development and Analysis, Causal Loop Mapping, Viable System Model, Fitness Landscapes and the Cynefin Framework. These approaches consider the importance of ‘stepping back’ from action alone and adopting a viewpoint which is broader and dynamic. The operational principle for considering the wider context is dynamic diagnostic: the chapter concludes with the associated key facet of systemic leadership for this principle.


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  1. 1.Centre for Systems StudiesHull University Business SchoolCumbriaUK

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