Significance of Complexity Science in LeadershipIntroduction Complexity science is a subject that is wide and relevant to any discipline whatsoever. It is applied in all sciences, whether pure, applied, social sciences and even in medicine. Complexity science is also directly applied in computers and IT. However, the fact that the word “complexity” is included in the phrase does not necessarily mean that the system is a hard and an intricate one. It does not have to include many aspects for it to qualify to be classified in complexity science; all it basically needs to have is the sense of organization, customization and manifestation.
Today, complexity science is used in business and other managerial disciplines (Wadhawan 2010). Complexity science is literary everywhere, and it is an aspect that is commonly shared among systems that have nothing to do with each other. For instance, totally different systems like the ant colony system and the global economy system share this in common; complexity science (Evans 2010). All these and other systems fall under the category of complex adaptive systems, hence the reason why they all have complexity science features in common.
A system that qualifies to be a complexity science system is one that has many aspects in it that are all attached at some common point, and these aspects are not static; they are dynamic, meaning that changes in the environment around them does not interfere with the complex system, but these elements adapt according to the changes involved. All these elements are coordinated and they exist as a system, meaning that none is detached from the other and none is independent of the other elements in the system (Bogg 2007).
Adaptability and EvolutionComplex adaptive systems have a distinct quality, in that time is taken for the elements in the system to learn the system, to adapt to it and to evolve accordingly. This is seen quite obviously when some systems are observed keenly, because a certain pattern is noted. For instance, the system of flying birds is an obvious adaptive complex system, because they fly and migrate at certain times of the year, and they fly in certain patterns in the sky.
Birds are creatures of instinct, and they do not have verbal communication like human beings, yet they are able to maintain such an adaptive system flowing over the years and over generations of other birds of the same species (Uden 2004). The ecosystem is another complex adaptive system that can be a great tool if studied well in leadership. This is a system that is comprised of many elements living together and adapted to the environment. Of all these elements, none whatsoever is independent of others, and none is detached from the other.
These complex adaptive systems are quite similar to common systems in the human world (Goethals 2006). For instance, customers all have a common and specific behavioral pattern and trend in the market all over the world, even if they never get to meet each other. The consumer market in one part of the world will exhibit the same behavioral trends as a consumer group of another part of the world that is totally far away from the first. Also, observation on the way human beings relate to each other in communities is a good indicative that the study and understanding of complexity science is an indispensable tool for leaders of all calibers (McMillan 2008).