Adaptive leadership requires that leaders work with every member of their organization in the solving of definite and unavoidable problems. In this regard, the accomplishment of adaptive work is highly dependent on compulsory motivation and initiation of support from other members of the organization by leaders. In a broader perspective, leaders must motivate their followers into backing them up in finding solutions for problems in the organization.
In the organization I have chosen; the adaptive challenge experienced in the company is competition. There is very stiff competition in the industry especially from new entrants into the market. The major problem is that at least two other companies have just suddenly risen up and entered the market with new and seemingly better products as customers seem to be flocking towards them.
In this case, my opinion is that this organization needs to consult with every member and stakeholder on the way to regain its market status. Experts could be consulted as well. The questions that arise are: what is the other companies doing that they are not? Do they have better quality products? How can they get back their customers? The most likely issue here is that the quality of products offered by the new entrants could be higher and therefore more appealing to the customers. The prices could also be lower.
This organization should mobilize its employees to help produce better quality products and brainstorm on ways of making their products more attractive and cost effective.
There definitely needs to be a trade-off between efficiency and quality. This organization is focused on being efficient in producing large quantities of goods. The challenge they face now would require them to find a way to manage both as the scale of quality definitely needs to go up.
To sum up, the outcome is expected to be positive if nothing goes wrong. The leadership in the organization is relatively good and therefore this situation should not be so difficult for them to handle. Besides they have the advantage of having customer loyalty which has just been slightly shaken. It is my belief that, in no time, this organization will regain its status quo if it uses appropriate strategies.
- Heifetz, Ronald A, Alexander Grashow, and Martin Linsky. The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business Press, 2009. Print.
- Obolensky, Nick. Complex Adaptive Leadership: Embracing Paradox and Uncertainty. Farnham, England: Gower, 2010. Print.