As the speed and impact of technology continues to advance, agility is the new must-have competency that many employers are asking of their employees and screening for in their new hires. Agility has become as important as the those “bread and butter” competencies of personal initiative, concern for effectiveness, enthusiasm for work, and excellent communication skills. Many people assume agility is the same as flexibility, but I believe agility demands a performance level that leaves the typical definition of flexibility in the dust.
Flexibility as a work competency refers to the willingness and ability of employees to respond to changes in their job expectations and work environment. It is a reactive competency, and certainly valued by employers, who understand that in general human nature resists change and prefers predictability. I propose that agility is a proactive competency and defines how employees approach and carry out their work. Agile employees expect change; therefore, they anticipate rather than react and have developed ways to organize and adapt to deliver transformational results. Great leaders coach change management and help their teams grow their agility quotient, so they can continue to innovate in a volatile and complex business environment.
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