What Does it Take to Make Progress on the Challenges You Face?

20 January 2016 By Julia Fabris McBride, Kansas Leadership Centre

At the Kansas Leadership Centre (KLC) we define leadership as mobilising others to make progress on adaptive challenges.

Adaptive challenges are those tough and daunting problems that defy directives. No matter how much authority or expertise you have, you won’t solve them alone. Think institution-wide cultural change. Think turning around a failing school system. Think health access for all.

Adaptive challenges resist quick fixes. To make progress you must commit for the long haul.

Adaptive challenges look different from different angles. So leadership means engaging unusual voices and creating a trustworthy process for everyone involved.

Adaptive challenges get people in the gut. Progress requires elevating competing values, recognizing who stands to lose, navigating opposing loyalties and bringing conflict into the open.

Leading progress on adaptive challenges requires diagnosing the situation, managing yourself, intervening skillfully and energizing others. 

To learn more about leadership skills necessary to mobilise others to do difficult, adaptive work, join Ed O’Malley and Julia Fabris McBride from the Kansas Leadership Centre, along with the Leadership Victoria team, at an exclusive Adaptive Leadership Masterclass this Feb/Mar. Learn more.

About Julia Fabris McBride

A professional coach and speaker, Julia Fabris McBride is Vice President of the Kansas Leadership Centre. Julia is passionate about helping people make the most of their lives while making a difference in the world. She has previously managed her own US-wide coaching business and taught leadership and management at university level.