Skip to main content

Adaptability: Responding Effectively to Change

Adaptability: Responding Effectively to Change

Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Joan Gurvis, Allan Calarco

ISBN: 978-1-882-19792-7

Mar 2007, Pfeiffer

32 pages

Select type: Paperback


Product not available for purchase


In today’s business world, the complexity and pace of change can be daunting. Adaptability has become recognized as a necessary skill for leaders to develop to be effective in this environment. Even so, leaders rarely know what they can do to become more adaptable and foster adaptability in others. This guidebook contributes to a greater understanding of adaptability and the cognitive, emotional, and dispositional flexibility it requires. Leaders will learn how to develop their adaptability and to become more effective for themselves, the people they lead, and their organizations.
7 What Is Adaptability?

8 Why Adaptability Is Important for Leaders

10 What Are Obstacles to Adaptability?

Stages of Transition

12 Three Elements of Adaptability

Cognitive Flexibility

Emotional Flexibility

Dispositional Flexibility

21 Developing Adaptability

Ways to Practice Cognitive Flexibility

Ways to Practice Emotional Flexibility

Ways to Practice Dispositional Flexibility

26 Adaptability: A Leadership Imperative

29 Suggested Readings

30 Background

31 Key Point Summary