To get us through these times of change we need a new approach to leadership. We’ve seen that this begins with building strong emotional engagement and inspiration. So how can we achieve this?
Inner Leadership describes seven skills or competencies capabilities that work together to build emotional engagement and inspiration, step by step:
- The first is our ability to remain calm in a crisis, remaining strongly connected with who we are and what matters most to us. This will get us through the storms — and when times are calm it builds a stronger foundation that we can use to extend our leadership influence out into larger roles.
- When the world no longer works the way it used to it can be easy to misinterpret events. The second key skill is to correct any mistaken assumptions we might be making and to use our intuition to spot the new patterns that are emerging.
- The third step is to find more opportunities, even in a crisis. This brings us more options, strengthens morale, and puts us back in control — all of which make us more likely to succeed.
- The fourth skill is the ability to choose the best way forward, even when we have little data and all around is changing.
- The fifth competency comes from copying global best practice at achieving results in highly unpredictable (even hostile) environments.
- The sixth competency is the ability to describe your chosen way forward in a way that inspires you and other people to want to make it happen.
- The seventh skill is the ability to maintain and build your emotional engagement as you move forward to make your vision a reality.
These are the seven skills of Inner Leadership. In seven chapters, the book provides tools and frameworks that enable you to grow, develop, and improve your abilities at each one.
On a scale of 0-10 how strong are you at each of these competencies today? Where do you most need to improve? Which skill will be the most critical for you over the next 12 months?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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