Flexible Flyers: A Leader’s Framework for Developing Adaptability

Allan Calarco and Joan Gurvis

In today’s business world the complexity and pace of change can be daunting. In this environment of rapid change, leaders are coming to recognize that they need to develop adaptability to be effective. The process of developing adaptability begins with learning and practicing three types of flexibility—cognitive, emotional, and dispositional.

Leaders all over the world are facing unprecedented challenges: new cultures, new jobs, new markets, new everything. Dramatic change often creates feelings of uncertainty, self-consciousness, and even fear. Most leaders know from experience that even minor change can have a powerful effect.

Given the current complexities ...

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