Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change
Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework developed by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Adaptive Leadership course is designed to help individuals and organizations through consequential change in times of uncertainty when there are no clear answers. It teaches leaders to identify and tackle systemic change through a process of confronting the status quo and identifying technical and adaptive challenges.
A technical challenge is solved through addition expertise and information. Adaptive Challenges are the problems that require change at the core of what people are doing, feeling, and thinking and require a tailored approach, beyond calling in an expert. It requires adaptive leadership.
At Acumen we believe that Adaptive Leadership is a critical skill. Changing the way the world tackles poverty is an adaptive challenge. We are thrilled to be working with the Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) to offer this free introductory course.
The world needs you to lead. This is your invitation.
What You Will Learn
This course will introduce you to several key tools of Adaptive Leadership and show how you can apply these tools within your organization or community life to drive lasting impact.
As part of the course, you will bring a current challenge you are up against. Presumably, you will describe something from your work life, but it could also be from your personal, civic or community life. You will work to make progress by:
- Understanding the differences between the technical and adaptive elements of your challenge
- Defining your key stakeholders and how to mobilize them to address the challenge
- Learning a structured approach to gain constructive feedback from a peer group
- Practicing a courageous conversation in preparation for addressing your challenge
You will emerge from the course with a more clearly defined challenge, ideas for how to mobilize your stakeholders, and a toolkit to better address future adaptive challenges.
Our Course Partner
Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) is an international leadership development practice and the home of Adaptive Leadership. CLA works with organizations, teams, communities, and individuals to identify their most significant challenges, generate new solutions, and exercise the leadership required to bring them to scale.
What To Expect
Start/end date : This course has 4 modules which will be emailed to you weekly starting on Monday, Oct 28. You must complete all 4 modules by Sunday, Dec 8 to qualify for a statement of accomplishment.
Workload: Expect to spend ~5 hours per week on this course.
Group Size: We encourage groups of three or six in order to facilitate peer group consultations.
Prerequisites: This is an introductory course and there are no prerequisites.
Technical Requirements: You need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures, and the ability to upload your assignments, which will include text reports and images or video.
Statement of Accomplishment: Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you will receive a statement of accomplishment. This statement will not stand in the place of a course offered by CLA or Acumen.
Week 1: Purpose and Possibility Identifying Your Challenge
- Begin to define a challenge that you will use during the course
- Form a peer consulting group and use it to gain feedback on your challenge
Week 2: Identify Your Challenge – Diagnose the System
- Understand the distinction between the technical and adaptive aspects of your challenge
- Refine your challenge with your peer group
Week 3: Map Your Stakeholders – Mobilize the System
- Define the various stakeholder factions relevant to your challenge and identify their values, loyalties and potential losses
- Brainstorm ways in which you may begin to mobilize these stakeholders in order to make progress on your challenge
- Use your peer consulting group gain feedback on your stakeholder analysis
Week 4: Practicing Courageous Conversations – Deploy Yourself
- Learn how courageous conversations can be a tool for moving people
- Identify an opportunity where a courageous conversation could help you make progress on your challenge
- Prep and practice a courageous conversation with your peer group