Leaning in a Systems Context
While comparing Systems thinking and learning organizations, there are some common vital characteristics that emerge. These characteristics include knowledge, thinking, and action (Lunenburg, 2011). Systems thinking allow organizations to evade possible problems that may occur in the future. Additionally, systems thinking implementation presents the organizations with the capacity to identify how the interior system works and hence averting unplanned incidents (Lunenburg, 2011). Successful leaders employ system thinking by discovering ways that will enable them to change their behavior. Systems thinking enable individuals to view an organization as an enclosed object and hence it is a strong asset to any organization. Also, learning organizations apply a well structured system of thinking generally to evaluate operation processes (Lunenburg, 2011). Systems thinking execute a precise role for learning organizations in a manner that it shifts its intellect towards acquiring processes of change rather than still situations. However, learning organizations enhances the knowledge of its members by presenting them with a chance to work as a group and constantly displaying a firm dedication to achieve the set goals.
Personal mastery and team learning are very important elements that any organization should have in position if it aims at being an efficient learning organization. Personal mastery calls for dedication from all members of an organization in order to become permanent learners and can be regarded as the “spiritual cornerstone” of every learning institution. It involves the determination to develop into a more pragmatic, dedicated and the best person possible. Also people with a high degree of personal mastery are likely to have more inventiveness, more self-reliant, and productive, thus making the organization to be more robust (Lunenburg, 2011). When members of a team posses these traits, their level of teamwork, participation, and their dedication to the organization rises and hence representing the strongest resource for team learning in an international background.
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