Adaptability: A Primer


Adaptability is an essential competency in leadership because it refers to being flexible and resilient in light of change and uncertainty – frequent conditions in nearly any industry.

A quick read for anyone who wants to improve their own or their team’s leadership skills, this Primer features thought leaders who are championing research in this field: Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Richard J. Davidson, Vanessa Druskat, and George Kohlrieser.

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Adaptability is an Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competency that entails having the flexibility to handle change, balance multiple demands, and adapt to new situations with fresh ideas.

An adaptable leader can meet challenges as they arise and adjust strategy or style based on what is needed most. They are not halted by sudden change, remaining comfortable with the uncertainty that leadership can bring.

In Adaptability: A Primer, Daniel Goleman and colleagues introduce the Adaptability Competency and describe why it is essential for quality leadership.

This is the third in a series of Primers that explores each of the 12 Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competencies, with a thorough overview of the Competency Model itself.

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Richard J. Davidson, Vanessa Druskat, and George Kohlrieser explain what it takes to be adaptable from the perspectives of research, psychology, neuroscience, team dynamics, and leadership development.

Here’s what is included:

  • Overview of the Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competency Model
  • Introduction to Adaptability
  • Adaptability and Leadership
  • Teams and Adaptability
  • Training Your Brain to Be Flexible
  • Developing Adaptability

Whether you are individual looking to elevate your personal performance, a consultant or coach in need of research-based resources, or a head of leadership development in your organization seeking a brief yet informative resource to share with your team, this Primer is for you.

Total length is 60 pages, including citations. Soft cover.

Additional primers in this series are:

Coach and Mentor (forthcoming September 2017)
Conflict Management (forthcoming October 2017)
Teamwork (forthcoming November 2017)
Inspirational Leadership (forthcoming December 2017)


About the Authors:

Daniel Golemaninternationally known psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Working with Emotional Intelligence

Richard Davidson, Founder and Chair of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin–Madison and New York Times bestselling author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Vanessa Druskat, internationally recognized expert and consultant on group emotional intelligence and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire

Richard BoyatzisProfessor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University and Human Resources at ESADE

George Kohlrieser, organizational and clinical psychologist and Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland

Additional information

Weight .08 lbs
Dimensions .3 x 4.25 x 5.5 in

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