The One Most Adaptable to Change is the One that Survives

Charles Darwin

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Inspirational Leadership Quotes - Charles Darwin: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
Charles Darwin:  It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

On This Day: Charles Darwin - the English naturalist, known for his theory of evolution by way of natural selection - passed away in 1882.

When Darwin first published On the Origin of Species in 1859, his theory that animals and humans share a common ancestry shocked religious Victorian society and exploded into public controversy.

We are inspired not only by the theory itself, which we can apply to show that it is the most resilient and nimble leaders who end up the most successful, but also by Darwin's extraordinary courage to challenge the status quo, risking his reputation for something that would ultimately revolutionize the course of science. 

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Thinking a lot about adaptability and resilience at the moment. Great McKinsey podcast this week on building a learning culture addresses this too. Elizabeth Young McNally talks about "How do you help create opportunities for individuals to practice at the edge of being too difficult?" which is of course exactly what we are trying to do with our Leadership-in-Action summer projects.