Five benefits of becoming antifragile

Closeup of a Cupcake

This time of accelerating change calls for a new approach to leading ourselves and others.

Building the seven skills or competencies that deliver this brings benefits in five stages, at five levels:

First, by applying each tool individually, we solve the immediate problems we face: we stay calm in crisis, see the situation more clearly, find more opportunities to move forward, and so on.

Second, by applying the tools in sequence together we become more inspirational leaders of ourselves and then of other people: we become able to navigate not just individual issues but change as a whole.

Third, as we repeat the process over time we learn not only how to cope with change but how to thrive because of change: we become able to use change to become stronger.
We create a self-reinforcing loop, a virtuous circle, that makes us antifragile: staying calmer 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…

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, both individually and collectively. Those decisions have created our current volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous world. So if we want to change that world, we need to change the way we take decisions.
The more we develop our abilities to become 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 around us. This is the fourth level of benefit.

And 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 needed 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 all this.

These posts are sharing many (but not all) of the key points and tools with you — but in a jumbled order.

Which of these benefits would be most valuable to you right now?

  • Improve the skills needed to address one key issue?
  • Combine and integrate those skills, to manage your way through change better?
  • Use change to become stronger, antifragile?
  • 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.

You can sign up to daily posts here.

You can buy the book here and the workbook here.

(And remember: you don’t learn to swim by reading about swimming, you also have to practice.)

Photo By Chez Pitch via

Leave a Reply