Future Fit # 22: On becoming an adaptive leader : Danger Alert!

ladders into the skyFuture Fit # 22: Danger Alert!

The word ‘leader’ derives from the Indo-European root ‘leit’ – the word used for the flag-bearer who would carry the flag into battle. Being a colour bearer was considered a mark of great distinction and it required a soldier of extraordinary bravery. The job was to carry the flag where the regimental officers directed, while unarmed and under fire. Flag bearers had to face the enemy and never break ranks or run in retreat. Doing so might lead to the entire regiment following suite. As the regimental flags were so conspicuous in battle, they were often used as a target for rifle and artillery fire. And, of course, the mortality rate of flag bearers was high. Leaders are flag bearers; it is part of the job; it is the leaders responsibility. Although (thankfully) the direct consequence of ‘leading from the front’ does not carry the same physical danger that it once did, it is nonetheless a position with inherent danger and threat. Understanding this ‘danger’ and in what forms it is likely to be experienced is something that adaptive leaders appreciate and acknowledge. There are times when a leader needs to use evasive tactics and other occasions when the danger has to be confronted. Adaptive leaders know the difference.

Stop and think about the ‘danger’ you currently face in your leadership.

  • What specifically is the danger?
  • Where is it coming from?
  • What are likely outcomes of facing it or avoiding it?
  • Why would you choose either one of those options?
  • How is this threat or danger impacting on you and those around you?
  • What can you do about it that hasn’t already been done?


TomorrowToday has promised to help you start the journey towards being future fit – to becoming an adaptive leader. Being merely a ‘good leader’ will not suffice when it comes to meeting the challenge of the future. You will need to be a great leader and a ‘great leader’ is someone who understanding and practices adaptive leadership. This is part of a ‘boot camp’ through which we help you begin the journey of becoming future fit; we help you in the process of becoming an adaptive leader. Each ‘session’ is designed around a thought-bullet (Head) and an action point (Hand) – something to think about and something to try out. We have promised to keep the ‘head’ part to under a minute and the practical part (hand)…well, that is up to you.

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