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Leadership and Adaptability


A wonderful friend of mine, whose Dad was also a president of Concordia University Texas,

sent out this quote on adaptability:

“I had a philosophy teacher in 11th grade who said something that always stuck with me. He said, 'There are all these definitions and types of intelligence, but the one that I like the most is the ability to adapt to an environment as quickly as possible.’ I always think about that and look at people that way when I’m hiring. Can they adapt into this different environment? Can they step into a role where they’re not necessarily comfortable, and how long does it take them to adapt?”

— Mark Nathan, CEO of Zipari, a health insurance software company based in Brooklyn, New York.

Adaptability is a keystone of the Thrivent Fellows leadership development program. Along with resilience and integration, it is the basis for a sustainable leadership model.


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