Considerations for dynamic stability of organisations as a challenge for leadership
Organisations go through processes of hybridisation during which they lose their old selves and synthesise new ones. When leadership as a system develops the ability to deal with the future, organisations can transform themselves through their own power. The degree to which the ability to deal with the future can unfold depends on leadership’s capacity to create reflective distance from itself on the one hand, and on self-reference to one’s future self on the other. How far this reflective ability of leadership as system is developed is crucial for a dynamic stability and thus for the organisation’s ability to actively meet its uncertain future. The article concludes with guidelines and questions about inquiries into unpredictable futures. Quotations from long-term case studies underpin the discussion.