Becoming ‘antifragile’ is about more than just coping with change — it’s about using change to become stronger.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen overnight.
Instead, there are two key aspects you need to develop. One is to become clearer about what matters most to you. The other is to become better at putting that into practice. Both these aspects must grow together.
- The first is your ability to remain calm in a crisis, remaining strongly connected with who you are at your best and what matters most to you. This gets you through the storms — and when times are calm it expands your ability to influence the world.
- When the world no longer works the way it used to it is easy to make mistaken assumptions. The second skill is to know how to spot those assumptions and make clearer sense of what is really happening — and to connect more deeply with your intuition.
- The third key skill is the ability to find more opportunities, even in a crisis. This increases your options, boosts your morale, and puts you back in control — all of which makes you more likely to succeed.
- The fourth key skill is your ability to choose the best way forward for you, even with little or no information to base your decision on and without knowing how things are going to turn out.
- The fifth competency is to get clear on your purpose and values. These will bring you continuity, alignment, and drive. They will also keep you (and your team) aligned, focused, efficient, effective, and adaptable to whatever happens.
- The sixth key skill is the ability to describe your chosen way forward in a way that inspires you and the people around you to do what needs to be done.
- The seventh key competence is to maintain and build that emotional engagement as you move forward — again, both in yourself and in other people.
These are the seven skills, capabilities, or competencies of Inner Leadership. They are the seven steps to becoming antifragile in a time of change. They all help you to become clearer what matters most to you and more able to achieve it.
On a scale of 0-10 how strong are you at each of these seven competencies today? Which would you benefit most from developing?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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