The (permanent) crisis
The notion of a crisis and leadership often go hand-in-hand; we’re led to believe that true leaders rise to the fore in times of crisis; they show their heroic leadership skills as they navigate their organisations through an exceptional period of turmoil.
But the title of this blog post is borrowed from an article by Ron Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky, which proposes that we are living through such rapidly changing times that periods of turmoil are in fact no longer exceptional, they’re the rule. Organisations no longer attempt to get through a crisis in the hope that one day things will return to normal; the new normal is ongoing disruption.
It’s against this background that Heifetz, Grashow and Linsky wrote 'Leadership Without Easy Answers' and proposed the idea of adaptive leadership. They argue that challenges can often be divided into two categories: