Mindful Leadership and VUCA

Climbing manDo 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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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!


3 thoughts on “Mindful Leadership and VUCA

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  2. Maurice A. Barry

    Makes sense, especially the part about dealing with ambiguity. I like the general gist as it seems to me that (1) we are no better in our quest for simple solutions (when we should be continuously crafting and re-crafting more complex but realistic systems and (2) that foolish belief that we can multitask effectively when the tasks involve higher – order cognitive functions needs to be addressed.

    • Jenny Ebermann (bxljenny) Post author

      Hi Maurice, thanks for your comment! I see indeed many people around me that are proudly telling me about their multitasking skills and not seeing that they cannot actually fulfill one single task at hand 100%…I chose to live my life shifting away from ‘autopilot’ mode to really noticing what is happening around me. I rediscover things that I thought I had forgotten, amazing! 🙂

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