Good Leaders in an Organization
Leaders respond to challenges or problems through four steps whereby conventional thinkers search for simplicity in the process hence are forced to make unappealing tradeoffs. On the other hand, integrative thinkers are not afraid of complexity-even when it translates to a repetition of some or more steps- , which allow them come up with innovative solutions. Therefore, integrative thinkers make better leaders in an organization compared to conventional thinkers because of their innovative way of approaching issues.
One of the areas where integrative thinkers outshine their conventional counterparts is determining salience. In the determination of salience, conventional thinkers focus on the obvious relevant features while people who think integratively search for potentially relevant factors whether obvious or not. The approach by conventional thinkers is to discard as many options as possible to evade complexity.
When analyzing causality, integrative thinkers also consider nonlinear and multidirectional variable relationships. On the other hand, conventional leaders consider variable relationships in one-way linear approach. This approach explains why linear regression methods are very popular in the world, whereby organizational leaders use these approach to evade complexity. However, use of these methods can led to bad decisions because the approaches do not capture all the salient relationship variables.