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Intro to Adaptive Leadership | Workshop (June 2023)
June 8-9 and June 12-13
Four 1/2 days (online)


June 8-9 and June 12-13 (Times below)


Virtual, synchronous and asynchronous via Zoom

Leverage Your Leadership Moment

This blended workshop lays out basic concepts of Adaptive Leadership (TM). Adaptive Leadership is a practical framework developed at Harvard University for leading change, particularly during times of uncertainty or when there are no easy answers. This is the premier Adaptive Leadership offering outside of Harvard.

Whom this workshop is for

Leading any form of change initiative is complex. You need to work across organizational boundaries, build partnerships, deal with conflict and overcome differences in values, visions and desired outcomes.  Plus you need to have a thick skin! 

  • Experienced leader, practitioner or facilitator working with a purpose-led agenda in or across organizations

  • Currently or expect to be leading an organization or initiative that is likely to challenge prevailing and entrenched values and beliefs

  • Keen to strengthen your effectiveness and personal resilience as a leader


Is there a tough and seemingly intractable problem you face in your work or civic life? 

Bring a specific project, initiative or leadership challenge to the workshop. Learn how to get unstuck by applying the tools and techniques of Adaptive Leadership, which is a critical skillset for anyone looking to drive systemic change in an increasingly complex world.

What we’ll explore

​Drawing on years of sharp-end experience in the field, the workshop builds your professional and personal capacity to: lead in complex, political, ambiguous environments; manage the personal risks and pressures of leadership; build vibrant alliances for cross-border collaboration; and design strategies for generating change.

  • Build capacity for leveraging authority and power within and across diverse groups

  • Heighten awareness to the intricate dynamics of human systems

  • Deepen insight into issues of trust, political sensitivities, resistance and tolerance for change, conflict and distress

  • Strengthen ability to lead adaptively in multi-stakeholder environments and change initiatives

  • Create a confidential space for reflection, exploration and advice on personal risk-taking and learning

  • Understand the root cause of a stubborn and recurring challenge in your organization, team, or community

  • Partner with those who are in position of authority or power

  • Leverage your own power for change

  • Design an experiment that strengthens your ability to create lasting change

  • Learn to lead adaptively in environments with trust issues, political sensitivities, resistance, conflict, and distress

Workshop fees

You can choose to pay what a normal workshop of this level of quality costs, or you may choose more, less, or even zero. We cannot really put a number value on it. That is not because we don’t think it is valuable. It is because we don’t know what the value will be for you, especially given the wide diversity of financial means out there.

Therefore, we offer the workshop as a gift, trusting the generosity of participants to support us in developing and sustaining learning like this one. The ACA team trusts your judgement about what represents a commitment on your part and respects your financial situation.

You will choose a fee that feels right to you, any amount. Whatever you choose, all content will be fully available to you. However, a fully refundable   $500 deposit is required to hold your seat. This helps us to minimize last-minute cancellations. After completing the workshop, you can adjust the actual amount you pay (+ or -) after the program. No pressure and no judgement if you pay less than the market rate, or pay nothing at all.  The normal market rates are: Corporate $2,000, Nonprofit/Govt $1,500 

You're part of something bigger

By joining this workshop, you’re also a member of Gather, our overarching online space for community and coursework. Gather members hail from around the world and from different backgrounds - all dedicated in their own unique way to the exercise of democratizing leadership.


The workshop takes place over four intensive 1/2 days. After the workshop, participants become members of the Gather community of leadership practitioners worldwide, and receive 12 months of ongoing communication and support. Workshop times (EDT), subject to minor changes:

Virtual (Zoom):

  • June 8      Noon - 4:00pm

  • June 9      8:00am - Noon

  • June 12    Noon - 4:00pm

  • June 13    8:00am - Noon

Lead Faculty

Eric R. Martin is a renown Adaptive Leadership advisor, speaker and trainer and author of the book Your Leadership Moment. He has served in various capacities at places such as: The White House Executive Office of Presidential Personnel, Google, Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft, National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine, The Sustainability Consortium, Sustainability Leadership Initiative, Clean Energy Leadership Institute, Verizon, US Business Council for Sustainable Development, United Nations Innovation Network, World Bank, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, USAID, Democracy Fund, Aspen Institute, Cornell University, and Acumen.  Eric's work to "democratize leadership" has put the powerful framework, tools and techniques of Adaptive Leadership into the hands of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

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