In response to today’s increasingly volatile and complex business environment, organizations must seek a new approach to strategy execution. Situated firmly between a company’s strategic vision and its tactical execution are project leaders who keep the engine running.
To translate their strategy into measurable results, organizations must prepare their leaders to rise to the challenge of handling and responding to uncertainty. This begins with fostering an adaptive mindset. Leaders who understand how they influence the strategy, work, and people of the organization can more effectively respond to external changes and reconfigure their position within these three domains as needed.
In order to manage volatility, change direction, and make the right decisions quickly, organizations must equip their people with a toolbox that includes the following skills:
- Driving and influencing change.
Change within an organization is inevitable. What’s important is having the ability to clearly communicate to others why the change is happening as well as the expected outcomes of the change.
- Leading without authority.
Adaptive leaders must be able to build relationships, even with those they don’t have formal authority over, in order to establish trust. Involving team members in a larger process or initiative will allow them to feel a greater sense of ownership and accountability.
- Building effective teams.
Teams that are diverse and distributed present a significant management challenge. By focusing on relational skills – in addition to a foundation of technical skills – leaders can focus on bringing people together, celebrating successes, and removing barriers to getting the job done.
- Managing critical relationships.
Effective leaders are critical liaisons between senior leadership and tactical teams. They must communicate often – up, down, and across the organization – to ensure that all project stakeholders are informed, prepared, and on board with the various initiatives.
To learn more about what an adaptive mindset means and the skills necessary to empower project leaders, read The Adaptive Leader: Cultivating a Mindset to Handle a More Complex World.
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