Change Management for Survival: Becoming an Adaptive Leader

21 Pages Posted: 29 May 2009

Date Written: May 29, 2009


The paper evaluates change management as an imperative for success for the individual leader and his or her organization. Change management is first analyzed from an individual perspective and then from an organizational perspective. An individual must thoroughly understand the various stages involved in change management to successfully navigate dramatic change in their lives. Likewise, at the organizational level an adaptive leader must understand the important change management process while also being proactive in change implementation by focusing on developing an adaptive work environment (Asoh, 2004; Locke & Tarantino, 2006; Powell, 1987; Williamson, 1991). The adaptive leader understands that, as Heifetz and Laurie (2001) state, an adaptive leader “must strike a delicate balance between having people feel the need to change and having them feel overwhelmed by change, leadership is a razor’s edge” (p. 134). This paper establishes and evaluates the key steps used by an adaptive leader during the change management process to ensure the effective implementation of organizational change in a manner that has a positive impact on the organization’s workforce.

Keywords: management, leadership, leader, change, strategy, strategic, organization, organizational, structure, manager, adaptive, transition

Suggested Citation

Lowder, B. Tim, Change Management for Survival: Becoming an Adaptive Leader (May 29, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

B. Tim Lowder (Contact Author)

Saint Leo University ( email )

33701 State Road 52
PO Box 6665
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
United States
843-245-7583 (Phone)


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