What’s the difference between adaptability and flexibility?

“Adaptability is a willingness to confront or change your own ideas and preconceptions. Flexibility is more a willingness to “meet others halfway” procedurally,” according to a new column in Forbes.

What’s also important about these two qualities is that they are among the eight skills leaders will need in the future workplace, according to the article. The others are:

  • Transparency
  • Empathy
  • Humility
  • Competent and Confident Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Commitment to a Vision

“Today’s workplace is, on average, quite a different place than the ones our grandparents and parents knew. We can thank technology for some of this, and shifting social priorities for the rest.”

Humility as a leadership trait?

“With the right temperament, great leaders become a stalwart presence that employees can depend on. But these leaders aren’t out for their own glory — they’re just doing their job. Humility in leadership means being okay with letting others take the credit and being more concerned with the progress of the team and its individual human components than with being recognized as a figurehead.”

This changing concept of leadership is likely to grow. For more on the topic, check out a recent session from the  CoreNet Global Summit Hong Kong, which explored emotional intelligence.