Pandemic Recovery Recipe for Success

Take the steps that help you to become a successful and adaptive leader.
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The Pandemic Recovery calls for Adaptive Leadership.

If you haven’t started already, you can start taking the steps that help you to become a successful and adaptive leader in order to achieve your plans and goals as you recover from the pandemic crisis.

First, take care of yourself for your loved ones, and make the right decisions for your followers — this is your dent in the universe, use it wisely. May this advice be a segue to keep reading, keep learning, and keep on “keeping on!”

Identify what makes you an effective, and adaptive leader.

In 1994, adaptive leadership theory emerged out of Ron Heifetz’s book, Leadership without Easy Answers. We suggest that you also read, “Adaptive Leadership for Our Time,” by Angel Acosta. Then, write down your answers to the following critical question:

  • How can we protect Leadership Voices from Below, since people have apprehensions, concerns, and questions that need quick answers?

Are you and your followers feeling better about themselves?

After answering this critical question and identifying what makes you an effective, adaptive leader, find how you see your leadership. If you are not adaptive, you may be effective, but how do you or your followers feel? If you are adaptive, are you and your followers feeling better about themselves?

As you begin to recognize your adaptive leadership strengths, consider how you feel about your status on the job, and in the office. Then, do more of the following things to ensure that you are more of an adaptive leader, both on the job and in the office. Write down your understanding of your own leadership style as it applies to adaptive leadership. Write down what you do to enhance your success as an adaptive leader.

Next, take some time to combine your knowledge of adaptive leadership with new business models:

  • How have you reacted to the pandemic? What can you do better?
    • Write your answers
  • What is your plan for developing hybrid workplace models?
    • Write it down
  • How can technology enhance your organization’s capabilities as you prepare for designing hybrid workplace models and the pandemic recovery?
    • Write your answers

Finally, once you have identified what you need to do to become a more successful, adaptive leader, you need to find your possible obstacles.

So, write down these possible obstacles that are most important for you right now in your career success as an adaptive leader.

In this stage, we also suggest that you read the article in the Harvard Business Review, “Career Advice from Wildly Successful People,” by Amantha Imber, published on June 30, 2021.

Here, you can continue to find the best solutions for the possible obstacles in your career success.

Write down your understanding of your own leadership style as it applies to adaptive leadership. Write down what you do to enhance your success as an adaptive leader.

 Mostafa SayyadiMostafa Sayyadi works with senior business leaders to effectively develop innovation in companies, and helps companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100—succeed by improving the effectiveness of their leaders. He is a business book author and a long-time contributor to business publications and his work has been featured in top-flight business publications.

 

Michael ProviteraMichael J. Provitera is an associate professor, and an author of the book titled “Mastering Self-Motivation” published by Business Expert Press. He is quoted frequently in the national media.

 

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