The Adaptive Leadership style is a follower-centered approach that focuses on the leader and followers ability to adapt to change. While the name of this approach, adaptive leadership makes one think that it is concerned with how leaders adapt, it is actually more about the adaption of followers. Originally developed by Heifetz (1994), adaptive leadership conceptualizes the leader not as one who solves problems for people but rather as one who encourages others to do the problem solving
In my current position, I enjoy the unique opportunity to work within the fields of military, business, and education, all within the same work day. The constant changing of which “hat” I am wearing at any given time is almost literal – I often change between educational, business, and my military settings depending on the next event, adapting the tone and jargon of the conversation as most appropriate.
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.
Why did I become a teacher, and continue to do it now?
Well… Way back in 3rd grade it came through our talents’ inventory in Sunday School that I was designated to be a teacher. It was always there, so in high school, when a decision was to be made for either math or music, the dilemma began. Hey, I’m more talented music-wise, and knew I’d get into college, so music ed it was, and my math analysis teacher just cried.
Virtual organizations are not new and many organizations have relied on this model to operate effectively in a global market. Educational institutions, especially, have been operating virtually through the provision of online courses for quite a while, and have even offered a menu of ways that students can access their education- through the traditional classroom, virtually or a hybrid of the two.