We equip leaders for complexity & uncertainty

Leadership Development

At Living Systems, we equip leaders for increasing volatility, complexity & uncertainty. Our programmes changes mindsets and attitudes, as well as developing new capabilities and behaviours. We integrate horizontal and vertical development - developing mental complexity by transforming both "what you know" as well as "how you know".  We bring our experience in business strategy and organisational change alongside deep expertise in group facilitation, relational dynamics, personal psychology  and leadership. This means we are able to situate leadership development within actual work on business transformation - in effect, learning by doing. By putting your development  budget to work in this way, we accelerate both personal and organisational development.


& Coaching

Our coaching  catalyses both immediate improvement as well as  longer-term growth. We are certified in most major psychometrics, so can tailor our approach to your needs



We equip leaders for volatility, complexity & uncertainty. We develop vertical & horizontal leadership capacity, & put your development budget to work by integrating learning & action 


High Potential 

We identify  high potential leaders & equip them for an increasingly uncertain future.  Our action learning approach develops  & connects transformational communities



We can help you harness the power of experiential learning. We  create immersive  experiences that provoke deep insight, catalyse development & accelerate personal growth

"The best leadership and career coaches I have ever encountered. They are genuine, insightful and have helped me discover things that have amazed me."

Marcus L, Senior VP, Global Fintech organisation.

"I had an opportunity to work with them on a rather sizable project involving the redesign of our entire management development curriculum.  They quickly established themselves as trusted advisors, experts and incredible business partners. They were quick to learn our business, developed a deep understanding of our challenges and helped drive measurable outcomes on time and within budget. Throughout the partnership, I came to know them as principled leaders with strong characters and a depth of integrity that results in my looking forward to the next partnership opportunity with them."


Paul G, Head of Organisational Development, US Charitable organisation.

"They provided an excellent outcome relative to the design and launch of the our global leadership program, which continues to be delivered today. Their strong empathy and creativity skills and their ability to quickly architect an L&D program that was aligned with real business needs was very impressive. Their key differentiator is that they consistently over deliver in terms of quality and value."


Enda E, Development Programme Head, Global telecoms company.

"Working with them is always a pleasure. They have a superb grasp of the psychological, interpersonal and organisational challenges faced by delegates in today's challenging business environment. I have seen first-hand how they work with delegates to achieve deep and meaningful transformation in self-perception. Highly recommended."

Anne S, Global software organisation.

We develop leadership agility

Volatility, complexity and uncertainty requires leadership agility. We develop adaptive capacity in three different areas: mental agility, relational agility and task agility. We call this the head, heart and hand of connected leadership.

Blue head


Our approach balances a focus on horizontal development (knowledge/ skills acquisition)  with vertical development (developing mental complexity). We develop self-aware leaders that are able to see things from multiple perspectives, cope with increased ambiguity and respond to complex situations in a more agile manner.

heart red


We help leaders make a step-change in their self-awareness, emotional intelligence & interpersonal effectiveness. We develop the ability to build close working relationships and foster high quality collaboration and teamwork, even in situations where the way forward is unclear, the stakes are high, time is short & trust is low.

Green hands


We help leaders develop ambidextrous capacity, by learning to alternate between driving and enabling styles of leadership. As a result, they become able to balance strategic rigour, decisiveness and drive with the capacity to coach and connect with others, as well as facilitate effective problem-solving, action & learning in groups.

Our thinking and experience

Paper: ambidextrous leadership

In a VUCA world, leaders need to develop greater agility, balancing driving & directing with enabling & facilitating styles of leadership

Case study: action inquiry

We helped our client to develop a learning and innovation culture by introducing the practice of collective action inquiry

Case Study: Experiential Learning

We partnered one of the world’s leading technology organisations to shift from a classroom-based approach to experiential learning

In practice: our approach

We design bespoke programmes that accelerate personal development & transform cultures. This is an illustration of our approach