Do you know what VUCA means? No? Well, not so long ago, I didn’t either, rest assured!
Apparently, as Dan Goleman puts it: “The only certainty about tomorrow’s business reality is that it will be “VUCA”: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. As the world changes, so do the abilities leaders will need. Yet there is a specific skill set that will match the demands of such a reality.”
The common usage of the term “VUCA” already began in the 1990s and derives from military vocabulary. Subsequently, it has turned into a corporate buzzword used in strategic leadership and elsewhere.
One thing is for sure though: leaders need some sort of tools and training to counteract the effects of 24/7 connectivity, multitasking and information overload!
Excellent leadership is not only a win for an organization but also a win for employees and for the community as a whole. As our actions (positive and negative) as a leader affect others, being mindful about how we lead should be the way forward.
According Janice Marturano in her book “Finding the space to lead”, Mindful Leadership is:
- The ability to connect (to self and others) and also to the community (being able to see the bigger picture and not to get caught up by one single objective)
- The ability to skillfully initiate or guide change:
- By collaborating and listening
- With open curiosity and with the
- Willingness to live within ambiguity until a decision becomes clear.
Are you ready to embrace the business reality of the 21st century? Let me know if I can help you develop the skills to simply accept VUCA and take it as an opportunity rather than a threat!