In this time of accelerating change we need a new approach to leading ourselves and others.
Building the seven skills or competencies needed to achieve this will bring benefits on five levels:
First, by applying each tool individually, we will solve the immediate problems we face: we will stay calm in crisis, see the situation more clearly, find more opportunities to move forward, and so on.
Second, by applying the tools together we will become more inspirational leaders of ourselves and of other people: we will become able to navigate change as a whole better, not just individual issues.
Third, as we repeat the process over time we will learn not just how to cope with change but how to thrive because of change: we learn to use change to become stronger.
Staying calmer and more connected with ourselves helps us see the situation more clearly, which helps us find more and better opportunities, which fit better with our purpose and values, which makes us feel more inspired …
And the more inspired we feel, the more we then stay calm, and the better we can see the situation clearly, and …
We create a self-reinforcing loop, a virtuous circle, that makes us antifragile: able to lead ourselves and others better through this time of change..
And there are two more levels of benefits still to come:
Einstein told us that we cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it. The problems we face today are the results of the decisions we have taken in the past, collectively and individually: those decisions have created our current volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous world. If we want to change that world, we need to change the way we take decisions.
The more we develop our abilities to be antifragile, the more we will take calm, centred decisions, based on a clear understanding of the situation, aligned with our purpose and values — and the more we will then create a more stable, more generative world. This is the fourth level of benefit that arises when we choose to become antifragile.
Finally, the fifth level of benefit is Joy. We don’t often talk this about in business but perhaps we should. Because when we feel Joy our productivity rises and we become more able to cope with anything. By taking the steps to become antifragile, you learn better what really matters most to you, what brings you joy, and how to achieve that. This creates Joy for you and the people around you. And this is the fifth and final benefit of becoming antifragile.
The book of Inner Leadership contains a seven-step framework and over 30 tools for achieving these benefits.
These posts are sharing many (but not all) of the key points and tools with you.
Which of these benefits would be most valuable to you right now?
- Improve one of the skills of antifragility?
- Combine and integrate those skills, to become a better leader?
- Become antifragile, able to change to become stronger?
- Apply your personal antifragility to build a generative world?
- Find your Joy?
What steps are you currently taking to achieve that? What steps are you willing to take?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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