Becoming antifragile starts from within

Tree Roots

Becoming antifragile is about learning to manage and lead ourselves differently. It is about learning to become not only resilient to change but able to use change to become stronger.

The focus of management looks outwards, at implementing the chosen plan. Managers focus on the results of yesterday, the actions of today, and the outcomes and problems that might arise tomorrow. Becoming antifragile will involve us doing all these things differently.

But before management comes leadership. Leadership is about choosing which plan to implement, and inspiring others to join in. And this begins by looking inwards.

This means the first step of becoming antifragile is both deceptively simple and incredibly important: it lays the foundation for everything else that follows.

The first step of becoming antifragile is our ability to bring ourselves back to a state of calm inner balance and connect strongly with who we are and what matters most to us. Only then can we take in information about the world, choose how we are going to respond, inspire others to go with us, and begin to take action.

Over the next few days we’ll see how generating this inner clarity involves three stages: centring, grounding, and deepening our connection with ourselves.

Like the roots of a tree, the deeper we build that connection the better we will be able to survive droughts and remain upright when storms are raging. And when times are calm, it is the depth of our inner ‘roots’ that will determine how far we are able to spread out the branches of our ‘leadership’ into wider challenges and roles.

For these reasons it is worth spending the time to learn to centre, ground, and send your roots out deep and wide.

In a crisis, how quickly are you currently able to return to a state of calm inner balance and connect strongly with what matters most to you? How easy do you find it to choose the way forward that is best for you? Would you like to play a bigger role in the world? Would you benefit from spending time to deepen your roots and strengthen your foundation?

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

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