Why we need a new approach to leadership in times of change

We are living through a time of unprecedented global change — in technology, politics, society, the economy, and of course in the environment. Ten years ago most of these changes were barely on our radars. Now they are the new normal.

We can’t predict exactly what is going to happen, when. All we know is that the rate of change is still increasing. And the world is still becoming more complex and unpredictable, not less.

Faced with this accelerating rate of change, we need a new approach to leadership: one that expects the unexpected, enables us to remain centred and grounded no matter what happens, to make clear sense of confusing situations quickly, find more options to move forward, and then confidently take decisions based on little or no concrete information about what is happening or about how things are going to turn out.

Most of all, we need a new style of leadership that inspires us to long to make our chosen way forward happen. Because during a time of massive change, this will not only show us the right direction to move in but will also bring us the energy and enthusiasm we’ll need to make it happen, despite the churning in the world.

Learning these new skills of leadership will make us clearer about what matters most to us and more able to put that into practice. It will enable us to use this time of change to become stronger and more valuable: antifragile. And then we will discover that this time of Churning is actually a transition to something better.

Over the next six months, do you expect the rate of change in your life to increase or decrease? What steps are you taking to prepare yourself for that?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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