Systems Thinking for Leaders & Managers

Course Title: Systems Thinking for Leaders and Managers

Course Overview: Systems thinking is a critical skill for leaders and managers in today’s complex and interconnected world. It involves looking beyond individual parts and understanding the connections and relationships between them. In this five-day course, participants will learn the principles and tools of systems thinking and apply them to real-world problems in their organizations. Through interactive lectures, case studies, and group exercises, participants will develop the skills needed to think holistically and strategically about complex systems.

Course Objectives: By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and concepts of systems thinking
  • Identify the components of complex systems and how they interact
  • Analyze and model complex systems using system dynamics
  • Apply systems thinking to real-world problems in their organizations
  • Develop strategies and solutions that take into account the interconnectedness of complex systems

Course Outline: Day 1: Introduction to Systems Thinking

  • What is systems thinking?
  • The importance of systems thinking for leaders and managers
  • Systems thinking tools and techniques

Day 2: Understanding Complex Systems

  • Identifying components and interrelationships in systems
  • Feedback loops and system behavior
  • Mapping and visualizing systems

Day 3: System Dynamics

  • Principles of system dynamics
  • Building and simulating system models
  • Sensitivity analysis and scenario testing

Day 4: Applying Systems Thinking to Organizational Problems

  • Identifying and analyzing complex problems in organizations
  • Developing system-based solutions
  • Implementation and monitoring of system-based solutions

Day 5: Integrating Systems Thinking into Leadership and Management

  • Leading and managing complex systems
  • Creating a systems thinking culture in organizations
  • Review and reflection on the course

Target Audience: This course is designed for leaders and managers at all levels who want to develop their systems thinking skills to better understand and manage complex organizational problems. It is also suitable for professionals who are involved in system design, development, and implementation.

Delivery Method: This course will be delivered through a mix of lectures, case studies, group exercises, and discussions. Participants will be encouraged to apply systems thinking principles and tools to real-world problems in their organizations throughout the course.