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The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World

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Author: Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, Alexander Grashow

The guide to approaching leadership in a rapidly changing world.

When change requires you to challenge people's familiar reality, it can be difficult, dangerous work. Whatever the context--whether in the private or the public sector--many will feel threatened as you push though major changes. But as a leader, you need to find a way to make it work.

Ron Heifetz first defined this problem with his distinctive theory of adaptive leadership in Leadership Without Easy Answers. In a second book, Leadership on the Line, Heifetz and coauthor Marty Linsky highlighted the individual and organizational dangers of leading through deep change in business, politics, and community life. Now, Heifetz, Linsky, and coauthor Alexander Grashow are taking the next step: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership is a hands-on, practical guide containing stories, tools, diagrams, cases, and worksheets to help you develop your skills as an adaptive leader, able to take people outside their comfort zones and assess and address the toughest challenges.

The authors have decades of experience helping people and organizations create cultures of adaptive leadership. In today's rapidly changing world, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership can be your handbook to meeting the demands of leadership in the midst of complexity.



Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Published: 04/14/2009
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.50lbs
Size: 9.92h x 7.03w x 1.14d
ISBN: 9781422105764

Review Citation(s):
Christian Century 07/13/2010 pg. 41
Reference and Research Bk News 11/01/2009 pg. 106

About the Author

Ronald Heifetz is a cofounder of the international leadership and consulting practice Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) and the founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is renowned worldwide for his innovative work on the practice and teaching of leadership. Marty Linsky is a cofounder of CLA and has taught at the Kennedy School for more than twenty-five years.

You can find the authors at:
Ronald Heifetz:

  • hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/ronald-heifetz
  • facebook.com/pages/Ronald-Heifetz/112388868773261?fref=ts
  • mobile.twitter.com/RonHeifetz

Marty Linsky:
  • hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/marty-linsky
  • cambridge-leadership.com/team-member/marty-linsky/
  • facebook.com/marty.linsky
  • linkedin.com/in/marty-linsky; mobile.twitter.com/martylinsky

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