Adaptive Leadership

Leaders can't take a cookie-cutter approach to managing people. A leadership style that motivates and inspires one individual may plunge another into poor performance. Adaptive Leadership raises leaders' awareness of the differences among people and situations. It teaches leaders how to enhance the effectiveness of their interactions by adapting their approach to people based on what they want to discuss and how they think people will respond. By better meeting the needs of each individual, leaders create higher levels of engagement and organizational RESULTS .

Do you face any of these issues?

  • Do your leaders misjudge how people will respond or react in certain situations, resulting in negative outcomes?
  • Are leaders unable to tailor their approach to each person and situation to achieve the desired RESULTS ?
  • Do your leaders fail to recognize individual differences in people that can affect the outcome of important discussions?

Course Objectives:

Helps leaders:

  • Adapt the leadership approach they take in each situation to effectively achieve RESULTS through people.
  • Maximize the effectiveness of their interactions by flexing interaction skills and other actions.
  • Engage people by considering their personal tendencies and leveraging the opportunities they present.
  • Identify the key factors that have the greatest impact on the success of their interactions.

Primary Competencies DEVELOPED

  • Building Strategic Working Relationships
  • Inspiring Others

Secondary Competencies DEVELOPED

  • Building a Successful Team
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Gaining Commitment
  • Valuing Diversity

Course Content:

  • Do Your Discussions Get RESULTS ?: Learners watch a video of a leader who fails to take an adaptive approach with a team member. The group discusses the need to consider individual differences and adapt to those differences.
  • Adapting Your Approach: Learners are introduced to a method for adapting their leadership approach. Working in teams, they determine which interaction process skills are most important for different types of discussions.
  • Getting Personal: Leaders review personal tendencies typically seen in the workplace and the opportunities/challenges those behaviors present. They become more adept at recognizing personal tendencies by watching video characters demonstrate them.
    Planning Your Adaptive Leadership Strategy: Leaders are introduced to a robust job aid and discuss how to use this tool to achieve their objective for different types of discussions. Working in teams, learners plan a strategy for adapting their leadership approach that considers both the individual's and leader's personal tendencies.
  • Adaptive Leadership—Skill Practice: Learners review the video leader's completed Discussion Planner. They prepare and practice a real-life discussion in which they will adapt their leadership approach. Working in teams, learners provide advice on how a brand-new leader could adapt his or her leadership approach to make discussions more effective.

Who Should Attend:

  • Informal and formal leaders at all levels.