Five benefits of Inner Leadership

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In this time of change we need a new approach to leadership.

Achieving that requires us to develop seven new skills or competencies.

Acquiring these skills will bring us benefits on 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 together we become more inspirational leaders, both of ourselves and other people: we become better able to navigate change.

— Third, as we repeat the process over time we learn not just how to handle change but how to use change to become stronger: we become antifragile.

And there still are two more levels of benefit 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 (individually and collectively): it is those decisions that have created this world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. To create a less volatile, less unstable, more generative world we need a new way to take decisions, a new approach to leadership. This less volatile, more stable world is the fourth level of benefit that will arise.

— Finally, the fifth level of benefit is Joy. We don’t often talk this about in business but perhaps we should, because your joy brings you teamwork, fulfilment, and productivity. By following the steps of Inner Leadership, you will learn better what really matters most to you and how to achieve it. This will create Joy for you and the people around you — as well as stronger leadership, antifragility, a generative world, and a greater ability to address the issues you face.

Which of these benefits would be most valuable to you right now: addressing key issues, becoming a better leader, using change to become stronger, building a better world, or finding your Joy? What steps are you taking to create that?

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

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