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Learner Paper: Complexity Leadership

October 2011 / Learner Papers

Complexity Leadership: An Overview and Key Limitations

Barrett C. Brown

Barrett C. Briown


An overview of the complexity leadership literature is provided. This includes a history of complexity theory and its core concepts, the central propositions of complexity leadership, a review of six prominent frameworks, and a summary of practitioner guidelines. The article also discusses two key limitations to complexity theory: the need to supplement it with other epistemologies and leadership approaches, and the importance …