The systemic approach to leadership considers managers, first and foremost, as a part of a complex system, which is constantly at change. It does not consider the art of leadership as one who manages these systems themselves, but rather one who manages the relations and networks within these systems.
In doing so, a systemic leader does not focus on the superficial symptoms of the system, but rather looks at what is happening underneath its surface. He or she analyzes the factual, social and timely patterns and processes out of which the system consists. This enables a systemic leader to lead his staff in an indirect way, rather than being directive and patronizing.
In this spirit, leadership means creating a world in which others want to be a part of. More concretely, a CEO who is leading his staff according to the systemic approach, would not just delegate tasks, but rather see what can be done and influenced together with his managers and workers in order to steer the company in the right direction.