Systems thinkers can simultaneously see the complex whole and the minute parts that create it, in a dynamic and reflexive way. It is a way of thinking in three dimensions, rather than across one linear plane.
Adopting habits of a systems thinker is a secret weapon in solving complex problems, being a more effective leader, and enhancing creativity.
Check to see if you are a natural systems thinker:
You seek to understand the big picture as well as the intricate parts that make up the whole.
You see the patterns and trends within systems and can extract insights from them.
You see everything as being interconnected.
You identify the cause and effect of relationships.
You don't assign blame; instead, you seek out causality and feedback loops.
You see the whole as being different from the sum of the individual parts.
You appreciate the dynamics and complexity of a problem.
You think through the unintended consequences of your actions and design to reduce them.
You can find leverage points to intervene in and effect positive change within a system.
You are constantly testing, exploring, and experimenting.