Leadership has never been a one size fits all proposition. Most successful leaders develop a blend of leadership styles, a personal model they feel comfortable with, that suits their personality and has afforded them a lucrative level of success. However, a time may come when that tried-and-true winning strategy doesn’t seem to be getting the job done.
Quality leaders soon learn it takes the blending of various leadership styles to engage the entire team and meet the company objectives. The most effective leaders will be able to assess situations quickly in order to adopt the leadership model that’s best suited to the moment. Like a clever magician, a skilled leader has more than one leadership style tucked up his/her sleeve.
Whether it’s a particularly trying product challenge, an upheaval in the industry, or a serious financial crisis, the leader who realizes new encounters call for an attitude of adaptability will ride the wave of change and come out on top. Could it be the comfortable, always-worked-in-the-past methods have grown stale, and it’s time for a fresh approach?
Ideally, leadership needs to be in an adaptive mode, always responding to the current situation, to the people involved and to the challenges of the moment with an arsenal of leadership skills and strategies. Successful leaders know it’s all about managing circumstances while advancing toward the desired outcome.
An attitude focused on adaptability will be on the lookout for situations that call for a new approach. So, how adaptable are you?
- Are you open to new ideas?
- Do you welcome the challenge of trying a new approach?
- Can you admit when something simply is not working any longer?
- Would you rather be comfortable and fail than launch an alternate leadership style?
- Do you dig in your heels when approached with a suggestion to go a different direction?
- Are you afraid you can only be successful sticking with the tried-and-true methods you’ve always used?
Answering “yes” to the first set of questions suggests a level of flexibility that can “roll with the punches.”
Answering “yes” to the second set of questions implies a fear or a resistance to approach leadership with a different method.
Three activities are the key to the process of adaptive leadership:
- Observation of people, events and patterns
- Interpretation of those observations that includes “what if?” analysis
- Determination of “what’s next?” and the appropriate follow throughIt’s crucial this process be continually repeated, rather like the simple instructions on the bottle of shampoo in your shower: lather, rinse, repeat.
Adaptive leaders bring together a plethora of skills, methods and practical theories that allow them to continually assess the most appropriate leadership style to meet any situation head-on.
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