For many leaders who hope to achieve greatness, an important question is – to be authentic or to be agile. To trainers and coaches, this could be a piece of jargon, but for many leaders these are mutually exclusive aspects of leadership.
The world is changing at an accelerated place. Our globalized world is so interconnected now that changes in one corner of the world have unpredictable effects in another corner, like a ripple in a pond. Many of us in the management space call it the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world – a world that is so interconnected and complex that one cannot predict the future or act with certainty. Our organisations are still working with yesterday’s frameworks – strategies that are too linear today, human resource perspectives that render inapplicable and tactics that are too slow-rigid for the VUCA world. In the VUCA world, talent, therefore, will become even more critical; experience, knowledge and information will not be differentiators any more. So what will be?