If I have one message to future leaders, what would it be? This question crossed my mind and I share my message with the readers.
Imagine you are in the same position. It is a challenging invitation but is a worthy one. I decided that my message to future leaders is to focus on the paradox of risks and adaptability.
The paradox stems from the seemingly conflicting demands of both risks and adaptability. We minimize risks by doing the familiar, the established, and the known. We live in a world engulfed with the volatility of rapid change, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). They all lead to feelings of unsafeness. We are slipping back to a basic human need. That is safety.
Adaptability requires different approaches, asking more questions to understand than finding answers, exploration with curiosity, and more resilience.
Focusing on risks minimizes our adaptability. Thinking deeper I find is that the biggest risk is within us. It is by doing what we are familiar with doing. It is the false assumption that we can solve current problems with the same mindset that solved yesterday’s problems.
Nothing much will change if the feelings of risk overwhelm us and keep our lives on the same driving and familiar roads. No venture, no exposure, no curiosity and wonderment shall only lead to dull and boring lives.
The fear of risk keeps us on the same thinking roads. It is driving our thinking with familiarity. Our thinking remains static in a changing world. If we do not change, the world keeps changing. Can we meet the rapidly changing world with fixed mindsets?
Adaptability demands the increase of our abilities to learn, question what we learn, and move our thinking to different thinking paths. We need to have flexible possibilities that adapt to the needs of the changing world.
We need to have more versatile thinking than VUCA has. Thinking that has more varieties than VUCA does. Thinking that finds its real safety in abandoning the “familiar safety”.
Great leaders of today not only change your thinking paths but also create a safe environment for others to change theirs too.
What is your one message to future leaders? Please share your thoughts.