Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 4.5 Versatility Skills: 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. 


  • This module covered skills for leaders to learn to become versatile and receptive to the dynamics of changing environments, events and organizational needs. Versatile leaders are able to flex their leadership style to fit different people and situations they want to have influence over. It is important to learn to have a range of different approaches and not become too fixed or rigid in their ways of doing things or interacting with others. The skills covered in this module can help a leader find balance in their leadership, they can learn to continually adjust their behavior to find and apply the right approach for the circumstances at hand. In the case of the skill of role shifting, when leaders are adept at shifting their roles they can become more innovative and productive. When teams first come together there is a process that they go through before they become highly functioning and a leader needs to match their approach to the phases that their team might be experiencing.

  • Hey everyone,

    I just completed the Versatility Skills module and wanted to share some key takeaways from my experience. One thing that really stood out to me was the importance of being a versatile and adaptable leader. In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business environment, it is essential to be able to respond quickly and effectively to new challenges and opportunities.

    During the module, I learned several valuable skills that will help me become a more versatile leader. For example, I learned how to assess my own personal style and how to do better people reading. I also learned about the importance of assessing roles and shifting into appropriate tasks, as well as recognizing a team’s or organization’s stage of development.

    Another important skill I learned was how to facilitate the formation of a cross-functional continuous improvement team. This is something that will be particularly useful in my current role, as I am always looking for ways to improve processes and drive innovation within my team.

    Finally, I learned how to coach other leaders to become more effective leaders themselves, as well as how to lead environmental scanning and initiate proactive responses to future trends.

    Overall, I found the Versatility Skills module incredibly valuable, and I look forward to putting what I have learned into practice. By becoming a more versatile leader, I will be better equipped to help my team achieve our goals and succeed in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape.

    • Moreover, the module has taught me the importance of embracing change and being open to new ideas. In today’s competitive and dynamic business world, companies that fail to adapt to changing circumstances risk being left behind. As a result, it is crucial to be open to new ideas and willing to take calculated risks to stay ahead of the curve. The Versatility Skills module has given me the tools and confidence I need to embrace change and be more innovative in my approach to leadership. I am excited to apply these learnings in my work and to help my team achieve even greater success in the future.

    • Learning to read people is a valuable skill in leadership and I enjoyed that part of this module. As leaders we have to manage different groups of diverse individuals and we have to learn to see differences in people. I’ve always enjoyed learning about the people who work for me and their different personalities. I’ve also spent time paying attention to their emotions and trying to get to know them on a deeper level. Being able to read your people helps you understand them so you can help them succeed. Leaders have to spend time understanding themselves first, so I liked that the first skill covered was assessing your own personal style then leading into reading people.

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