The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) changed life for all of us. However, our ability to thrive in an impermanent context is a part of what it means to be human. How do we continue to build capacity for thinking more clearly and executing better in our constantly shifting environment? By doing so, we can mobilize others to make progress on opportunities and challenges that are important to us. Adaptive leadership is a practical framework that helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in challenging environments. For more details on the specific competencies, dimensions, and practices from this framework, please see the Child Care State Capacity Building Center’s “Leadership Ideas, Principles, and Competencies” web page at https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/leadership-ideas-principles-and-competen....

In the book Your Leadership Edge, Ed O’Malley describes leaders as “people who understand how to tackle the most pressing, daunting, wicked challenges and are able to get the tough stuff done ”[24]. He defines leadership as an activity that revolves around challenges and opportunities, mobilizing people to make progress on adaptive challenges, which are the types of problems that require people themselves to change. O’Malley posits that “helping people change is what leadership is all about.”[25]


[24]O’Malley, E., Cebula, A., (2015). Your leadership edge: Lead anytime, anywhere, p. 6. Kansas Leadership Center Press..

[25] Seen note 22, p.10.