Winning Practices of Adaptive Leadership Teams

Winning Practices of Adaptive Leadership Teams

          

Winning Practices of Adaptive Leadership Teams

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    Looking Across the Five Traits

    We found that, in addition to operating separately, the traits combine forces through powerful patterns of interrelation. For example, the one-voice trait, which gives teams alignment around objectives, makes possible the risk taking involved in the freedom-within-a-framework trait. Information-processing capabilities enhance sense-and-respond capacity, and vice versa. And boundary fluidity allows team members to gather more wide-ranging information from across the organization around which to analyze and respond.

    We also investigated the connection between teamwork basics and the five traits. We found strong evidence of a link between the adaptiveness scores on the four teamwork-basics dimensions and the adaptiveness scores on the five-traits dimensions. An R-squared score of 0.79 on a linear-regression analysis indicated that the adaptiveness score on the basics has a close relationship with the adaptiveness score on the traits. Teamwork basics really are the table stakes that a leadership team needs before it can place bigger adaptive bets.

    Collectively, we found that the five traits add up to make a significant impact on financial performance, as well. A strong majority of high adaptiveness scores were earned by companies in the uppermost tier of financial performance. Low adaptiveness scores were earned mostly by companies in the lower tiers of financial performance. (See Exhibit 4.)

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