It is more obvious than ever before that we are living in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous). Our reality is changing rapidly, and our ability to produce results that matter will require us to do things differently - in many cases, radically different.
We tend to rely on what has worked in the past. We are designed to recognize conditions that seem familiar, and then default to strategies that previously made us successful. We are wired to use what have always been our strengths, but we are not at all wired to notice when our strengths have somehow become limiting - our blind spots.
Learning new ways to do the same things more effectively will not be enough. It is time to re-imagine what leadership can be, and to step up in ways that you can't even see yet. We can allow these challenging and difficult times to stop us in our tracks, or allow them to be powerful catalysts for personal and organizational development and growth.
There is no shame in accepting that each of us face development gaps in our leadership. They are the inevitable consequences of leading successfully in an increasingly complex world. They are challenges that can be met and overcome if we work to evolve as leaders. "Leadership is a crucible", and we are being called upon to be creative and transcend our current levels of leadership.
"Reality, as it is rather than as you wish it were, is a worthy crucible for your development." With change comes growth, if we allow it.