Becoming ‘antifragile’ is about more than just becoming resilient to change, it’s about knowing how to use stress and change to become stronger.
That doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen in a single step.
Becoming antifragile has two parts: first becoming clearer about what matters most to you and second becoming more able to put that into practice.
Inner Leadership describes a framework of seven sets of skills or competencies that build both these parts step by step:
- The first skill is your ability to remain calm in a crisis, remaining strongly connected with who you are at your best and what matters most to you. This gets you through the storms — and when times are calm it expands your ability to influence the world.
- When the world no longer works the way it used to it is easy to make mistaken assumptions. The second skill is to know how to spot those misinterpretations and then make clearer sense of what is really happening.
- The third key ability is to be able to find more opportunities, even in a crisis. This increases your options, boosts your morale, and puts you back in control — all of which make you more likely to succeed.
- The fourth skill is your ability to choose the best way forward for you, even when you have little or no information or can’t predict how things are going to turn out.
- The fifth competency is to get clear on your purpose and values. These keep you (and your team) aligned, focused, efficient, effective, and adaptable no matter what happens. They bring you continuity and alignment.
- The sixth key skill is the ability to describe your chosen way forward in a way that inspires you — and other people — to do what needs to be done.
- The seventh key competence is knowing how to maintain and build that emotional engagement as you move forward — again, both for yourself and for other people.
These are the seven skills, capabilities, or competencies of Inner Leadership. They are the seven steps to becoming antifragile in a time of change.
On a scale of 0-10 how strong are you at these seven competencies today? Which are likely to be the most important for you over the coming year? Would you benefit from developing any of these skills and competencies?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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