Edition 4 - OUT NOW
September 2023

»A briefing on complexity, resilience, interdisciplinarity and ideas»  

Creative leaders, thrive in complexity and ambiguity. They embrace innovation, encourage experimentation, and challenge the status quo. By fostering a culture that embraces change and adaptability, they create an environment conducive to discovering new solutions, technologies, and approaches. Through their visionary mindset, creative leaders inspire their teams to think outside the box and push boundaries, ultimately driving growth and transformation.  

In an ever-changing world, women are playing an increasingly prominent role in driving transformative change and reshaping the traditional definition of leadership. Creative leadership, as exemplified by women, is often characterized by a willingness to experiment, embrace uncertainty, and foster a culture of curiosity and continuous learning. This edition of SINTEZO delves into the essence of creative leadership and its significance in complex times. By highlighting the collaborative and inclusive nature of different leadership styles, we explore how women are shaping the future of leadership.

In this edition of SINTEZO, we were interested in how women leaders are redefining leadership in complex times through their creative, collaborative, and other various approaches or practices. By embracing experimentation, nurturing talent, promoting ethical responsibility, and leveraging technology, they shape a future that is inclusive, empathetic, and sustainable. The exploration of women’s leadership in complex times paves the way for a deeper understanding of how leadership can be constructed to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the future.

By amplifying their voices and insights, we gain valuable insights into the transformative potential of creative leadership in building equitable communities, organizations and societies.

As in other editions, our approach to creating each edition of SINTEZO is partially inspired by the idea that any idea, concept, or phenomenon can be viewed from many angles – our own version of the Rashomon effect. By gathering various voices, we seek to create a brief that offers readers the opportunity to reflect on different views; without an imposed structure or order, so they can build their own picture after reading the essays curated for SINTEZO. Conventionally, the Rashomon effect refers to a situation whereby a single event is described in different ways by various witnesses.  The concept, which emerged following the 1951 film ‘Rashomon’ where Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa first deployed this kind of storytelling technique, can be expanded to apply to the way we witness not just a single event, but also a broader phenomenon.  Observing how cities work, or how communities or organisations function, can be equally subjected to the Rashomon effect.  Finally, as always, the visual identity of the magazine draws on images of bridges and water in the hope of building bridges and connections between concepts and themes in each SINTEZO Edition. 

Jelenko Dragisic and Caroline Austin
Editorial team
September 2023