Leadership and Adaptability

April 9, 2017

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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