We often picture a leader at the helm, charting the way forward through known and unknown waters. 

They stand forward and provide direction. They anticipate and they solve complex issues. So, it might be a surprise to fathom that an outstanding leader is also an astute follower.  

People are able to place exponentially greater trust in the leader when they are closely following the human system that moves the whole ship, in this case the organisation. Seafarers often look to the sky to read weather patterns; leaders look to the human system as their ultimate guide. 

Through the organisation and its people, data is being continually transmitted. Like reading atmospheric conditions, meaning can take its own time to become known. Good leaders listen. They question, and then tolerate not finding the answer until the patterns are clear.  Instead of judging, they wonder. They ask, “What is this telling me as the leader? What is the whole system asking me to do next?”.   

When leadership is practiced in this way, we don’t jump from problems to solutions but from sensing to insight. The leader moves away from unnecessary, complicated and even pointless trauma for the system and into deeper sense-making, growth and innovation for the company.  

At Leading Well our vision is to build a community of consciously systemic leaders.

We believe that one day they will change the world.

Let’s face it, the world needs excellent leaders.  



Vanessa Fudge from Leading Well is excited to present a 3 day Systemic Leadership Coaching Program on 5-7 March 2019.

We invite you to join us in March to further explore the concept of Leader as Follower, and the next wave of leadership intelligence as our world asks us to draw upon more sophisticated interventions to deal with complex human issues. The emerging field of systemic leadership puts the wellbeing of the organisational system at the centre. In this workshop we will explore how to read any human system and understanding its unique language.

This course is designed for leaders and coaches in organisations to enhance their approach and deepen their awareness of coaching within complex human and organisational systems. We will explore leadership coaching methods to uplift performance drawing on the latest research globally on motivating people to be their best.

Click here to read more and register.