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The Adaptive Leadership Processes

The management process most likely to result in commitment, trust, engagement and kinship is Adaptive Leadership. The principles of this process are based on shared responsibility for the future success of the organisation.


Adaptive Leadership is a process.

It is based on the principle of sharing responsibility with the workforce for the future success of the organisation.

The process involves changing the culture to include the workforce being actively involved in tackling the challenges that face organisations as they adapt to internal and external pressures for change.

Adaptive Leadership encourages independent contributions from the workforce to ensure future success.

Adaptive Leadership processes are open, transparent and encourage the workforce to tackle ‘Elephants in the Room’, by encouraging frank discussion and resolution of difficult issues.

Understanding Adaptive Leadership

The Adaptive Leadership Framework

Adaptive Leadership Key Points

Shared responsibility – is about sharing the responsibility for the future success of the organisation between leaders, managers and employees.

‘Elephants in the Room’ – is about raising the sensitive and challenging items that everyone knows exist but cannot talk about. It is about resolving the issues involved.

Independent judgment – is about encouraging independent thoughts and judgements by all members of the workforce, and to bring these judgments into the decision making process.

Continuous learning – is about learning from everyday events, both positive and negative, and embedding the continuous learning in the routine of daily work.

Leadership capacity – is about the consequences of Adaptive Leadership which include the expansion of the capacity for individuals to take on leadership roles.