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Are You An Adaptive Leader?

By Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

One of the most popular Dilbert comic strips in the cartoon’s history begins with Dilbert’s boss relaying senior leadership’s explanation for the company’s low profits. In response to his boss, Dilbert asks incredulously, “So they’re saying that profits went up because of great leadership and down because of a weak economy?” To which Dilbert’s boss replies, “These meetings will go faster if you stop putting things in context.”

Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even great leaders can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds unique skills into an integrated whole.

The discoveries in our new book, Leadership 2.0, are the product of an intensive study that set out to separate the leadership skills that get results from those that are inconsequential or harmful. The first thing our study accomplished was pinpointing the 22 leadership skills critical to performance. Next, we looked closer at each skill and discovered that they all fall into one of two categories: the skills that get people into leadership positions in the first place and the skills that the greatest leaders use to rise above the rest. The first set of skills we deemed core leadership because together they form the basis of solid, productive leadership. The latter set of skills is called adaptive leadership because these skills create dynamic, agile leaders who are incredibly effective in any environment.

Leadership 2.0 presents a new way to understand great leadership and an innovative method for any leader to become great. Core leadership will tighten your leadership game and make certain you have the building blocks in place to become an adaptive leader. The adaptive leadership skills will enable you to see and understand the specific actions the world’s greatest leaders take every day. These things are not innate qualities of brilliant and inspirational people that you should aspire to—they are practical, repeatable skills that any leader can adopt with effort. The book breaks down the core and adaptive leadership skills into straightforward components supported by concrete strategies so that you can apply them without unnecessary burden on your busy schedule.

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