Adaptive leaders must "manage authority figures" by preparing those above them to potential downfalls of the change. Thus, leaders may receive help as they face some inevitable challenges resulting from the change process.
Dr. Wildermuth must keep in close contact with Olivier Taupin, the group owner, throughout this process. Mr. Taupin must be informed of any strategies proposed by Dr. Wildermuth, especially if those strategies differ from previous group policies. Examples could include:
- Changes in group rules.
- Changes in moderation policies.
- Announcements to group members.
- Advocacy with LinkedIn's management (including John Smith).
Note to Students: How can the leader prepare those in a position of authority for the changes and challenges at hand?