Reboot Podcast Episode Operator’s Manual #5 – Adaptive Leadership

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Ali Schultz

Ali Schultz

Coach and Co-founder of Reboot

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Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna

Co-founder and CEO of Reboot

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Episode Description

Adaptive leadership is the notion that a fixed leadership style isn’t a quick fix or one-stop-shop for all your leadership needs. Adaptive leadership asks you to be keen enough to be with who is in front of you, in any situation, and be able to connect relationally and with what matters. That requires a different skillset than a fixed leadership style.

In this Operator’s Manual, Ali and Jerry consider why adaptive leadership is so important for your organization’s leaders, why it matters on an interpersonal level, and how it’s tied to an organization’s success.

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“The challenge with being a leader like _____ is you end up giving up is who you are as a leader. You start to disconnect from your own leadership style, from your innate style.” – Jerry Colonna

“Some people that we lead need specific directions and clear, concrete steps to know that they’re making progress. And some people need autonomy and the ability to fail. And your job as a leader is to actually read the room.” – Jerry Colonna

“Adaptive leadership. It’s like constantly reading the road to figure out who needs what, when, and where.” – Jerry Colonna

“It means tuning yourself into what that other person needs and really trying your best to pay attention to that.” – Jerry Colonna

“The leader’s job is to create the conditions for them to have their needs met and get out of the way, even when the leader thinks they know there’s something better that needs to be done.” – Jerry Colonna

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