Are you flexible and willing to learn? Do you accept change at work
in a positive manner? Are you able to try new things and handle
different workflows? If so, you show adaptability, one of the most
highly sought-after leadership skills.
Leaders that can adapt to change are motivated, not easily
discouraged, and are usually more creative than the average
employee. Adaptability in project managers1 , for example, reflects the manager’s ability to integrate various
moving parts of a project and deliver a quality product or service
in a timely manner.
Adaptability is important because as new technology evolves,
companies established in the old ways” may have difficulty
competing with major players in their industry. Employers are
looking for employees who can demonstrate strong adaptability
skills and become company leaders. These skills are in demand and
will help you get hired.
What Are Adaptability Skills?
Adaptability in the workplace2 means being able to change in order to become successful.
Adaptability is a soft skill that employers seek when hiring
candidates. Employees in a leadership role often have to manage
unusual circumstances where there are no explicit instructions.
They must learn how to rest upon their own judgment and have the
confidence to make difficult decisions.
If you are a person who learns quickly, it is because you know how
to adapt. You can further nurture your adaptability skills by
trying new things and challenging your ability to problem solve in
Types of Adaptability Skills
As a soft skill, adaptability requires a number of other soft
skills in order to be applied successfully. You must be able to
learn quickly and put that learning into practice. Additionally,
you must be able to recollect what you’ve discovered, so you can
identify trends and make decisions accordingly.
Ability to Learn
People with adaptability skills are never discouraged by failure.
For them, failure is just a part of learning. These leaders are
always learning and willing to take risks, as long as it means that
they can develop personally and professionally. Skills to
strengthen your adaptability include:
- Critical Thinking
- Continuous Improvement
- Attention to Detail
People who adapt well rarely feel the pressure to quit. Every
challenge is exciting, and remaining dedicated to their job means
pushing through even when things get hard. Likewise, they are able
to stay positive and encourage their team members to stay focused
during difficult times. Skills that are emblematic of persistence
- Stress Tolerance
- Managing Expectations
Often the goal is clear, but the path to get there is not. The
traditional” way of conducting business may not be possible or
effective, because there may not be sufficient funding or staffing.
That’s where adaptability can be an asset. An adaptable person will
be able to source new resources and techniques that less-adaptable
colleagues haven’t considered. An adaptable person will show
resourcefulness by demonstrating:
- Ability to Notice Patterns
- Problem Solving
If you know how to adapt well to a wide variety of circumstances,
then different” doesn’t scare you as it usually does for others.
Anything that stands out makes you curious. And when you get
curious, you want to investigate. You are not afraid of ideas,
suggestions, or constructive criticism. You often demonstrate:
- Active Listening
- Nonverbal Communication
More Adaptability Skills
- Team Building
- Analytical Skills
- Inductive Reasoning
- Deductive Reasoning
- Project Management
- Resource Management
- Time Management
- Conflict Management
- Strategic Thinking