You’ve probably heard of the “butterfly effect”: a butterfly flaps its wings and a tornado appears halfway across the world.

With COVID-19, we witnessed this effect firsthand: How one small anomaly can ripple out across a whole system with unpredictable and devastating consequences.

It took a pandemic to see how connected and interdependent we are as a global community. As leaders, we need to understand what it means to lead with whole systems awareness, so we can make sure our ripple effect is a positive one.

In this foundational article, we explore this idea.

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