25 Magnificent Peter Senge Quotes

Peter Senge is an American scientist and senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. Senge is also the founder of the Society for Organzational Learning and author of ‘The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization.’ Here is a look at some of the best Peter Senge quotes to ever be recorded.

“A learning organization is an organization that is continually expanding its capacity to create its future.”

“All great things have small beginnings.”

“Courage is simply doing whatever is needed in pursuit of the vision.”

“Don’t push growth; remove the factors limiting growth.”

“I often say that leadership is deeply personal and inherently collective. That’s a paradox that effective leaders have to embrace.”

“In some ways clarifying a vision is easy. A more difficult challenge comes in facing current reality.”


“Leadership is about creating new realities.”

“Like a pane of glass framing and subtly distorting our vision, mental models determine what we see.”

“Mental models are deeply ingrained assumptions, generalizations, or even pictures of images that influence how we understand the world and how we take action.”

“Over the long run, superior performance depends on superior learning.”

“People talk about being part of something larger than themselves, of being connected, of being generative. It becomes quite clear that, for many, their experiences as part of truly great teams stand out as singular periods of life lived to the fullest.”

“Reality is made up of circles but we see straight lines.”

“Scratch the surface of most cynics and you find a frustrated idealist — someone who made the mistake of converting his ideals into expectations.”

“Small changes can produce big results – but the areas of highest leverage are often the least obvious.”

“Structures of which we are unaware hold us prisoner.”

“Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing ‘patterns of change’ rather than static ‘snapshots.’”

“The gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision. We call this gap creative tension.”

“The key to success isn’t just thinking about what we are doing but doing something about what we are thinking.”

“The organizations that will truly excel in the future will be the organizations that discover how to tap people’s commitment and capacity to learn at all levels in an organization.”

“To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only to the ‘music,’ but to the essence of the person speaking.”

“Trusting people to be creative and constructive when given more freedom does not imply an overly optimistic belief in the perfectibility of human nature.”

“When all is said and done, the only change that will make a difference is the transformation of the human heart.”

“When there is genuine vision(as opposed to the all-too-familiar vision statement), people excel and learn, not because they are told to, but because they want to.”

“When you ask people what it is like being part of a great team, what is most striking is the meaningfulness of the experience.”

“You cannot force commitment, what you can do…You nudge a little here, inspire a little there, and provide a role model. Your primary influence is the environment you create.”

Here is a video featuring Peter Senge as he discusses systems thinking in a digital world. He explores how technology influences the way people connect and communication for better or worse.

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