This time of accelerating change is calling for a new approach to leading ourselves and others.
As we implement the seven skills or competencies that provide this approach, we gain benefits on five levels:
First, by applying each tool individually, we solve the immediate problem we face: we stay calm and more connected in crisis, we see the situation more clearly, find more opportunities to move forward, and so on.
Second, by applying the tools in sequence we become more inspirational leaders of ourselves and other people: we become able to navigate not just individual issues but the whole process of change.
Third, as we repeat that process over time we not only learn how to cope with change we also learn how to thrive because of change, we become able to use change to become stronger: staying calm in a crisis helps us see the situation more clearly, which helps us find more and better opportunities, which makes us feel more inspired, so we stay calmer, and so on… We create a self-reinforcing loop, a virtuous circle, that makes us antifragile.
And then 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 volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous (VUCA) world we face today is the direct result of the decisions we individually and collectively took in the past. So if we want to create a less volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous world we need to change the way we take decisions. The more we do this by developing our own abilities to become stable and antifragile, the more we will create a stable and antifragile world around us. This is the fourth level of benefit.
And finally, the fifth level of benefit is Joy. Because the more we become antifragile the more clearly we understand what matters to us, and the more able we become to inspire ourselves and others to achieve that. That brings us Joy. And that is the fifth benefit of becoming antifragile.
Which of these benefits would be most valuable to you right now? What steps are you taking to achieve them? Would the seven-step framework of Inner Leadership be useful?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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