Paradoxes are not problems to be solved, but rather they are “..a better witness to truth than a one-sided ‘positive’ statement” can be.” as Jung puts it. The ability to work with opposites at the organizational and personal/inter-personal levels could well be the most critical leadership skill to have in today’s environment. To leaders who can simultaneously hold opposing forces, paradoxes are a gift for transformation.

To thrive in a Responsive Org, leaders need to get comfortable with 9 key Inner Paradoxes :

Resilient <-> Vulnerable

Lead <-> Follow

Bold <-> Humble

Responsive <-> Contemplative

Show Candor  <-> Care Deeply

Passionate  <-> Let Go

Collaborate <-> Work Deep

Assertive <-> Inclusive

Logical <->Intuitive

Our coaching and change offerings builds on this idea. Check out a post on this here.