TomorrowToday has promised to help you start the journey towards being future fit – to becoming an adaptive leader. Being merely a ‘good leader’ will not suffice when it comes to meeting the challenge of the future. You will need to be a great leader and a ‘great leader’ is someone who understanding and practices adaptive leadership. This is part of a ‘boot camp’ through which we help you begin the journey of becoming future fit; we help you in the process of becoming an adaptive leader. Each ‘session’ is designed around a thought-bullet (Head) and an action point (Hand) – something to think about and something to try out. We have promised to keep the ‘head’ part to under a minute and the practical part (hand)…well, that is up to you.
#1: What to keep & what to discard
Adaptive leaders understand that whilst much of your past leadership journey – your heritage if you like, will prove unhelpful in an exponentially changing future, there will still be things worth keeping. We are living in what has been termed a ‘VUCA’ world – ‘VUCA’ is a military term and an acronym meaning volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. This ‘new’ operating reality means that much of yesterday’s wisdom and practice will be unhelpful – and perhaps even an obstacle, when it comes to navigating the future. The challenge is to sort out what will be and what won’t be ‘helpful’ when it comes to navigating this unchartered future. In other words you need to intentionally decide what to take with you (into the future) and what to discard when it comes to your leadership thinking and practice? Of course you might not always know exactly what these things are but constantly filtering what to keep and what to discard will always be a helpful sorting of your ‘leadership shelf’.
Reflecting on your past leadership journey, list three things that you think will be worth keeping when it comes to your understanding of what it will mean to lead into the future Now make a list of three things you think will be unhelpful when it comes to your practice of future leadership. Discuss these lists with someone you respect as a leader and get some outside-in feedback.