In the 1980s through 1990s, market forces like globalization, information technology, and deregulation all helped create the first calls for leadership agility. Now, some 20 years later, we’re hearing the same call for agility, but with even more
urgency. It’s time to learn from the mistakes of the past, and to recognize that agility is not equally available to all leaders, but that it can be developed and enhanced in all through a variety of means.
The biggest opportunity is to create wholeleadership agility that contributes to balancing mission-critical dilemmas for an organization. This agility can come either from an adaptive, reactive stance or from a forward-looking stance. Either way, it’s important to play to one’s strength rather than try to become something alien to one’s natural way of being.
Agile whole leaders bring clarity from Head,connectivity from Heart, and commitment from Guts, and the organizations they serve will be stronger for their efforts and capabilities.
How agile are you as a leader?
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