The Must Have: The Components of an Adaptive Leader Adapting to Changing Environments to Remain Successful

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Adaptive Leadership is a purposeful leadership style that supports the acclimation of leaders, subordinates and organizations to flourish in various circumstances. Adaptive leaders are self-aware, performance motivated and usually have significant emotional intelligence. These attributes enable adaptive leaders to assign the right tasks to the right people and provide resources for professional development. They take decisive action, rarely doing so in a reactive manner without considering all possible outcomes. Their ability to assemble self-motivated teams that embrace change and theorize resolutions to build constructive conclusions is a key element in making them a great leader.



To be an Adaptive Leader one must have these components:


  1. Emotional Intelligence (EI)

They have the ability to recognize their feelings as well as others. This helps build trust with their staff which in turn nurtures and develops quality relationships.

  1. Integrity

They remain honest and unbiased, adhering to strong ethical principles and values. Adaptive leaders may not always be right, but they earn the respect of those they work with by practicing what they recommend.

  1. Change Agent

They strive for process improvement and policy reform. If a process is not generating the anticipated outcome, an adaptive leader should determine new strategies to improve those outcomes. They recognize that often with new methods, the entire organization can experience growth and development.

  1. Culture Advocate

They foster a culture of scrupulousness and inclusiveness, accommodating other viewpoints by substantiating them, reiterating that they are valued and respected.

While adaptive leadership can compel an abundance of thoughtfulness, time, and energy, it offers considerable outcomes. Grounded on reliable studies, data and statistics, organizations that have adaptive leaders transpire vast achievements operationally, strategically and financially. These leaders are capable of meeting challenges, adjusting to changes and emerging through episodes of unpredictability.


Dr. Shavonne Ekeledo, Core Professor