Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 3.3 Adaptive Leadership: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • As we continue to navigate through uncertain times, the need for adaptive leadership has become increasingly important. An adaptive leader is someone who can thrive in a constantly changing environment and is able to adjust their approach and strategies as needed.

    To be an adaptive leader, being open-minded, flexible, and willing to learn from others is crucial. It is also crucial to be able to anticipate change and respond quickly to new challenges. This requires a deep understanding of the organization, its culture, and its stakeholders.

    Adaptive leaders are also excellent communicators who convey their vision and goals to their team. They are able to inspire and motivate others and are skilled at building solid relationships with their colleagues.

    Being an adaptive leader requires a willingness to take risks and embrace change. It is not always easy, but by staying focused and committed, adaptive leaders can help their organizations thrive in even the most challenging circumstances.

  • Being adaptive leader is what we can all strive to become. Our world is dynamic and fluid with ever changing problems that pop up unexpectedly – it’s our job to effectively manage that and being adaptive is essential to our success. It’s our job to plan as best as possible by building our skills/knowledge and playing the “what if” game often. After having a major incident, we need to conduct after action reviews with all involved to find out what went good/bad and make adjustments as needed promptly. We need to encourage our staff to suggest their ideas and oppose ours. We need to be open to new tactics, techniques procedures and encourage others to

  • It is important for every one to be an adaptive leader. Not only does being a leader have to be the most important part of a team but the subordinates must be able to adapt as well to the changes going on. A leader will constantly change plans or rules to fit the needs of the team. But a leader will find his/her own way to lead individuals separately.

    • Being an adaptive leader is crucial in today’s dynamic work environment. It’s not just about being in charge or giving orders but also about being able to pivot and adjust to changing circumstances. A good leader should be able to create a vision and set clear goals while empowering their team members to take ownership of their tasks. At the same time, team members must also be adaptable and open to change. This way, the team can work cohesively to achieve common objectives and overcome any obstacles that may arise along the way.

    • There is a lot of focus on adaptive leadership and I liked your point about adaptive subordinates. There has been a lot of information about people learning and mimicking the actions and attitude of their leader. When subordinates see their leaders anticipating and adjusting to change, asking for input from others, trying different approaches for example, they will see the benefits and are more likely to display that behavior and are more likely to become adaptive leaders themselves one day.

  • I believe that it is important for leaders within the public service field to be adaptive leaders. These leaders are dealing with situations that are constantly changing, engaging different eras of members and citizens all while continuing to have high standards and honor. In this field, it is important that leaders are able to be flexible while thinking quickly on their feet. They have to be able to lead under pressure without showing signs of stress. These leaders have to be willing to constantly build their skills and learn new approaches; they cannot be stuck in the mindset that “that is always how we have done it” (Spain, 2017).
    Spain, T. (2017). Adaptive leadership. 3.3, Week # 10. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from https://cloud.scorm.com/content/courses

    • I think the different generations thing is a good aspect to bring up in relation to being an adaptive leader. As leaders, we’re going to be supervising people that are young pup 20 year olds as well as ready to retire 50 somethings. Not only are they from different generations that we have to adapt to in terms of how we talk to them and lead them, they’re going to have very different experiences in the world and in their careers. It’s important to take both seriously as the suggestions they provide may be helpful to the organization.

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