Change in our business environment happens very quickly these days. To be successful in your career years and decades ago, it was more or less enough to learn a skill or process and then simply repeat it over and over. Today this is not enough. We must continually learn and develop our skills. As true as this is for our personal effectiveness, it also applies to leadership effectiveness.
What is adaptability? A few years ago, some research funded by the U. S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences compiled the following attributes as dimensions of adaptability:
Adaptable leadership is about being ready for change. While you may have an end-goal and a basic strategy to reach it, the path that you plan to take is not set in stone. This allows appropriate responses to the demands of the moment. Detours and unforeseen circumstances are welcomed and viewed as opportunities. Adaptable leaders make the most of such change and take advantage of variety.
Tips for developing an adaptability mindset:
- See more at: http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2012/01/19/being-an-adaptable-leader-is-a-new-requirement/#sthash.sTBXvr5K.dpuf