"Life isn't waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain"
Adaptable leaders are able to create a way forward even when it is unclear what to do next. That doesn't mean they throw caution to the wind. They constantly apply learning and past experience to assess opportunities and risks.
They are able to communicate and engage others to take a step into the unknown with them. Making people feel safe to tread into unchartered territory because they have their back. They are positive but realistic about what is achievable.
We trust adaptable leaders who have empathy with people in how they engage for action, taking into account new information and circumstance. They don't ignore the storm, they learn how to dance in the rain by being open to input from others and in tune with the environment.
We are all adapting to what 2020 has thrown at us. Our sense of 'what success looks like' has been unsettled. Leaders who flex with us to find solutions in the interest of our communities, customers and work arrangements are shaping the way of the future. They are building trust by listening, being responsive, and 'doing the right thing' beyond commercial gain in some cases.
Short term returns are hard to quantify for many of their actions. They are doing what is needed to steer through the storm without a map to follow. Innovation will follow because they set the scene for agile problem solving driven by a sense of urgency. We are all learning what is possible in real time. The goodwill they have created will shine through as it has an immediate human impact.