Adaptive leadership believes that leadership is not a trait of a leader rather an event where leaders interact with their followers in addressing certain situations (Northouse, 2015). The adaptive leadership theory helps individuals and organizations to adapt and overcome challenging situations by performing an analysis of the problem in situations where there is no known solution (Northouse, 2015). An advantage of adaptive leadership includes its focus on the followers instead of focusing on the leader. Adaptive leadership aims at creating a suitable environment, which allows interaction between followers in determining solutions to organizational problems or in achieving certain goals and objectives (Northouse, 2015).
This is important as it provides support to the followers, which is necessary in motivating and encouraging the followers in performing their responsibilities in the organization. One of the weaknesses of adaptive leadership is the shift it creates in values and behavior due to changing to a new environment, which may negatively affect the individuals (Lewis, 2014). This means that individuals disregard their current values and behaviors in adapting to the new environment. This may produce negative effects on the performance of the individuals (Lewis, 2014). Some of the challenges that an adaptive leader may encounter in encouraging their followers to solve their own problems and challenges include the resources required to prepare effectively for this change (Lewis, 2014).
Some of the resources needed include adequate time and opportunities to enable them in dealing with the new changes (Lewis, 2014). A leader should also mobilize and organize other members in adapting to the new changes, which will enable the members to successfully adapt and develop in the new environment (Lewis, 2014). Leaders should ensure that everything and every process is in control to help his/her followers in dealing with conflicting issues which may arise during the change process. Leaders should also be prepared to deal with the constant setbacks in the implementation of the change, which requires knowledge and wisdom in addressing the complex issues (Lewis, 2014).
Lewis, S. (2014). Positive Adaptive Leadership and Key Principles of Practice in a Time of Uncertainty. AI Practitioner, 16(1), 20-24.
Northouse, P. G. (2015). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.