Five benefits of becoming antifragile

This time of massive change is calling us to build a new approach to leading ourselves and other people. Acquiring these skills and competencies will bring us benefits on five levels.

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

Second, by applying these tools in sequence we will become more joined-up leaders of ourselves and other people: we will become more able to navigate not just the individual issues of change but the whole process of change.

Third, as we repeat the process we will find that staying calm in a crisis helps us to see the situation more clearly, which helps us to find more and better opportunities, which makes us feel more inspired, so we stay calmer in a crisis, which helps us to see the situation more clearly, and so on… By repeating the process we create a virtuous circle, a self-reinforcing loop, that enables us not only to cope with change but actually to thrive because of change. We become able to use change to become stronger and more valuable, antifragile.  

And there are two more levels of benefits to come.

Einstein told us that we cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it. The volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world that we are living in is the direct result of the leadership decisions we have taken in the past — both individually and collectively. So if we want to create a less volatile, less uncertain, less complex and ambiguous world then we have to change the way we take decisions — both individually and collectively. This happens each time one of us becomes antifragile. And the more people become antifragile, the more stable the world as a whole will become. Then the VUCA times will recede. This is the fourth level of benefit.

And finally, the fifth level of benefit is Joy. Because the more antifragile we are, the more clearly we know what matters most to us, and the more able we become to achieve that. And both these things will bring us Joy.

Together, these are the five levels or stages of benefits we will gain as we learn the new skills and competencies needed to lead ourselves and others through this time of change: as we learn to use change to become stronger and more valuable, antifragile.

Which of these five benefits would be most valuable to you today? What steps are you taking to achieve that? Would it be useful for you to learn a simple framework of practical tools, whose benefits will build in stages as you strengthen your abilities?


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

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