Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve been following up on the latest leadership trends, you’ve probably already heard of different approaches and values that worked for many existing and aspiring leaders of the industry. Frankly, there is no right or wrong in leadership - as long as you have your team’s and your business’s best interest at heart.
But your team isn’t going to be as it is for long? It will change. And it’s not just your team - your work culture, your market, everything will change. Now, this is where you put one of your key leadership qualities to test i.e. Adaptability.
In this particular post, I'll share some facts and figures on why and how being adaptable is the key ingredient to leadership, irrespective of the team or business you are involved with. Moreover, you’ll learn some of my best tips and tricks for becoming an adaptable leader in an industry that moves at warp speed.
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Adaptability is being flexible. Adaptability is accepting change. Adaptability is honing strategies. Most importantly, adaptability is evolving to accommodate new situations and challenges that will ensure the success of your business or organization.
Change is constant. The workplace dynamic, business strategies, technology trends - everything grows and evolves into something better. Like it or not, the only way to survive as a leader and to face the complexity of change is to adapt and respond.
According to research conducted by CCL, one of the most frequently cited success factors for managers in North America was their ability to develop and adapt. The same research also stated that the inability to develop and adapt was one of the most frequently cited reasons for failure and derailment among managers in North America.
Get curious, start asking questions, explore all possibilities, and wonder before you settle on a decision - small or large. Doing this will help you find an approach that is better than the way it’s always been done.
And do you know why that’s important? Getting too attached to a single plan or strategy is the biggest mistake you can ever make as a leader. Remember, there’s nothing permanent in running a business.
That means you’ve got to get flexible and keep adapting. To do that, you need to quit getting used to doing the same things (the same ways) over and over. Consider getting tech savvy. There are plenty of powerful tools and solutions out there that can help you adapt to a growing team and a growing business.
What do you think? Do you think adaptive leadership works in today’s modern business world? Would you like to share your success secrets for good and adaptive leadership? Share your experience and knowledge in the comments below.
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017 and 2018. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click.
Vartika is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub. She has 6 Years experience in online digital marketing, brand optimization and SEO along with social media marketing and email marketing strategies. Vartika holds an MBA in Finance (Banking) & Marketing from the IBS Hyderabad.