We need a new approach to leadership for this time of change.
To achieve it, we need to develop seven new skills or competencies.
When we do, the benefits come to us in five stages:
— First, by applying each tool of Inner Leadership, we get to solve the problems we currently face. We learn to stay calm in crisis, see the situation more clearly, find more opportunities to move forward, and so on.
— Second, by applying the tools together, we become more inspirational leaders: we not only fix our problems, we also become more able to lead ourselves and others quickly out of any situation.
— Third, as we repeat the process over time, we become better at it. We learn not only how to respond to change but also how to use each change to reconfirm what is most important to us and become better at achieving it. We become antifragile. We learn to use change to become stronger.
And there are two more levels to come.
— Einstein told us that we cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it. Many of the problems we face today are the direct result of leadership decisions taken in the past. It is these decisions which have created the world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity we face today. When we develop a new style of leadership, focused on building antifragile inspiration in the largest number of stakeholders, then we will start to create a more stable, abundant, and (re)generative world. This is the fourth level of benefit.
— Finally, the fifth level of benefit is joy. This is something we don’t often talk about in business but perhaps we should. Because your joy shows you where your purpose lies, and when you are working on something in line with your purpose you feel joy. The fifth level of benefit creates joy for the people who apply Inner Leadership and antifragile competitive advantage for the organisations they work in.
In summary, the five benefits are:
- Quickly solve the immediate problems you face
- Become a more inspirational leader (of yourself and other people)
- Use change to become stronger
- Create a (re)generative world
- Find your joy
Which of these is most important to you right now?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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