The subtitle of this book “Enabling Sustainable Organizations” was chosen for two reasons. The first is that it is a theme that is covered in both Organizational Agility and in this book as well.
In Organizational Agility we used the word sustainable to describe a primary trait that organizations that exhibit agility would have. These organizations are not only capable of handling ambiguity and uncertainty, their leaders and their people seem to thrive because of it.
In creating this book we found the phrases that emerged which describe leadership agility such as purposeful adaptiveness, sees the greatness in their people, leaders act like gardeners, skillful at leveraging collective intelligence, accepts the power of others, and believes in the power of we, provide the backdrop for those who aspire to leadership agility to enable them to ensure the sustainability of the
organizations they lead. These characteristics of leaders that exhibits agility is their contribution to creating sustainable organizations.
Simply put, when an organization’s leaders master leadership agility, they are putting their organizations in a position to enable its long-run survival.