Emergent Leadership unleashed: reaping the benefits of business agility.

In a time of higher market turbulence, mounting consumer pressure and global competition, most organizations are launching themselves into a never-ending sequence of shorter and more frequent transformation cycles.

Whether the driver is digital, agile, artificial intelligence or some other hot trend of the moment, such initiatives are often aimed to revamp technological systems, business processes and organization design in search of more agility, improved levels of efficiency, a better strategic position or stronger revenue streams.

Unfortunately, none of such outcomes can be achieved unless the change in the formal setup is accompanied with, and possibly guided by, a much deeper and more complex evolution of the human dynamics underpinning them.


Think about how to inspire people, how to nurture day-by-day for their motivation, how to energize and coordinate work to increase employees’ satisfaction and company profitability. Processes and procedures can only go that far. The magic is unleashed through a multitude of more subtle and still more impactful exchanges happening at the intersection of human dimensions such as passion, trust, responsibility, mastery, transparency and autonomy. Each and every action a manager does impacts all of them. It is at their crossroad that natural and emergent leadership sprouts from the energy of human systems, overtaking the static concept of leadership as positional power.


Whether you are looking to achieve your sales target or to leap forward in your market, questions such as those below become central:

  • How to turn strategic direction into a purpose that resonates with each team and individual?
  • How to empower each and every group to design and constantly revise its own way of working accordingly to its goals and responsibilities?
  • How to relieve managers from tedious, ineffective and disengaging micro-control tasks and instead transform them into coaches and catalyzers for their colleagues?
  • How to unleash the natural energy of human systems in the form of emergent leadership?
  • How to experiment with more transparent information and knowledge flows?
  • How to create a safe space where employees can bring all of themselves to the job?
  • How to see work as a constant opportunity for people growth and fulfillment?


Facing the real depth of these questions requires an entirely new perspective rooted in the knowledge of what an organization can be today. Free from the idea of domination and control, a mindset of invitation and appreciation lets the efforts of many coalesce as one.

“Wave Riders are curious people possessed of an innate capacity to go with the flow, constantly seizing upon opportunity when others see no possibility or even disaster.

And they bring a special gift — Leadership. Their passion and responsibility for a cause inspire others to make common cause. Not by domination and control, but through invitation and appreciation, the efforts of many coalesce as one.
Although there may be many mis-steps, mishaps, and false starts along the way, when The Wave comes it can be the experience of a lifetime.
We live in a self-organizing world, even if we didn’t know it, and we have practiced the art of Wave Riding, albeit in secret.

Harrison Owen

In this X-Course we’ll literally play with these concepts, in order to deeply understand them, building them up so to be concrete and relevant to our professional lives.

These are the main topics we will explore together:

  • Complex adaptive systems and the evolution of human systems.
  • Self-management and adaptive organizations.
  • Deliberately Developmental Organizations
  • The epistemology of leadership.
  • Leadership approaches over the evolution of organizations.
  • The Evolution Space and the Law of Requisite Variety.
  • Socio-technical systems principles.
  • The role and tools of the facilitator-manager.
  • Co-creation and the usage of full human potential.
  • Holistic coaching and peer-coaching.
  • Motivation approaches and research.
  • Unconscious knowledge and its usage in everyday work.


We will explore and co-learn about how to manage in adaptiveness and for agility, how to craft questions in the deep research of full potential for the people in an organization, how to generate and evolve a safe space in which others can reach their work goals, how to lead energy flows in a dynamic organization. All in all, you will dive into the whys and the hows of managing work and leading people in today’s cutting-edge organization.

This X-Course is for you especially if you are:

  • A manager within an organization in strong structural evolution.
  • Working in an organization applying agile methodologies.
  • Willing to take into account the people-factor in your digital transformation.
  • Leading advanced operational teams working in complexity scopes.
  • Coordinating work units in a dynamic organizational setup.
  • A decision maker operating in a people-related scope.
  • An entrepreneur calling for a deep evolution in your organization.

In a nutshell

Remote workshop

This X-Course can be organized digitally with a 50% discount.

Duration: 2 days

Language: English, but if all participants are Italian or Spanish, it will be done in their native language.

Price: € 1.700 (VAT excluded).
If more than one person from the same organization wishes to join, we are providing a special 20% discount.

In-house opportunities: we can organise this X-Course at your organisation premises, if desired.

Upcoming Dates

Bilbao – April 2020


Can’t be there?

Previously on this X-Course

“This experience changed my life and I’m gonna leave my job to embrace swinging on an ammoch in the rainy forest all day”
Richard Branson, Virgin Group CEO

“Wonderful! I will become a great Agile Coach and I will scrum everybody with the stand-up meetings, kanban boards while secretly I’ll plan everything in detail and force the team to execute my plan.”
Pope Francis I, Chiesa Cattolica CEO

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If you want to know more about X-Courses, speak about in-house opportunities for your organization or if reading this page something resonates with you, let’s get in touch.