Why we need a new approach to leadership in times of change

We are living through a time of unprecedented global changes: in technology, politics, society, the economy, and of course in the environment. Ten years ago most of these changes were barely on our radars. Now they are the new normal.

We can’t predict exactly what will happen, when. But we do know that the rate of change is still increasing, not reducing. And so the world is still becoming more complex and unpredictable.

Faced with this accelerating rate of change we need a new approach to leadership: one that expects the unexpected. If we have this then we will be able to remain grounded no matter what happens, to make clear sense of confusing situations quickly, to find more options to move forward and then confidently take decisions even when we have little or no concrete information about what is happening or how things will turn out.

Most of all, we need a new style of leadership that will inspire us to long to make our chosen way forward happen. Because in a time of massive change, finding what we love will not only show us the direction to move in but will also bring us the energy we need to make our goals happen, despite the churning all around.

Learning these skills will make us clearer about what matters most to us and more able to put that into practice. It will enable us to use this time of change to become stronger and more valuable: antifragile. And only then we will discover that this time of Churning is actually a transition to something better.

All of this is Inner Leadership.

Over the next six months, do you expect the rate of change in your life to increase or decrease? What steps are you taking to prepare yourself for that?

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

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