Like the chameleon, leaders are not able to stay one way. They must develop the type of character that can anticipate, accept, adapt and administer. To become a problem solver and a voice of influence, these skills are very necessary.
Anticipation – A leader’s sixth sense. It’s how good leaders stop small problems from becoming major issues. A good way to do this is to communicate often with team members and pay attention to external influences. Ensure your data stream influx is dependable.
Acceptance – The serenity prayer is wise. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” That’s it. No more, no less.
Adaptation – It’s not always going to work the same way tomorrow as it did yesterday. As the environment changes, you must change. The key is maintaining integrity, morals and a sense of purpose.
Administer – Through sharing a vision, gaining alignement, execution and follow up to ensure objectives are being met, a leader ensures organizational success.
Don’t fear change! It’s necessary if you plan on surviving as a leader for any substantial length of time. If you don’t plan on being open to change, your tenure will probably be unsuccessful.