When the unexpected occurs, your ability to adapt shows your tact in accepting change. Change is necessary for growth, and it’s also required in the event of a disaster. But leadership isn’t strictly about coping with the worst of times. If you only prepared for the worst, you might not take advantage of favorable opportunities as they arise. Leading requires an ability to project what’s best for your community through both trying and triumphant times. Being a leader means that others rely on you for direct guidance and for you to be an example of hope.
Here are the traits that define your adaptability as a reliable leader:
Foreseeing Future Needs
A crisis that catches others off guard won’t have the same influence on a leader who’s thought of everyone’s future needs. Any event that you can foresee you can prepare for making forecasting an invaluable skill. Anticipating the likely outcomes of positive and negative events doesn’t require you to foretell the future with exactness. You are often better often forecasting for a plethora of eventualities than assuming one will come true. Planning out a variety of circumstances will help prepare you for long-term opportunities that might arise. Further, by developing foresight, you set the ability to adjust under pressure because preparation is the key to improvisation.
Strategizing Resources and Manpower
Leaders are required to act decisively during difficult times, but their actions must stem from formulated strategies. Your ability to manage what you have with resourcefulness gives you the tact to find solutions within a moment’s notice. Time is a delicate issue when leaders need to adapt quickly. The longer someone takes to act, the less prepared they appear, and the less faith others will have in them.
Responding With Surety and Quickness
None of our leaders have all the answers, but they must believe in themselves. The surety of your response enables you to adapt quickly and to gain public support. However, an accountable leader can admit their faults, for encountering failure also requires surety, realizing the need to re-strategize. Even if you must pivot to a drastically new goal during a crisis, surety and quickness can achieve it without delay.
Staying Accountable to Original Plans
It’s easy to change our plans or assumptions when sudden events test our beliefs. Though acting quickly is important, your actions reflect the principles of adaptive leadership when they’re relevant to the initial plans you had. Adaptive leadership calls for a balance between your initial goals and what circumstances today request of you.