Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership

Sauder School of Business

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  • 2 days
  • online

Sauder School of Business


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Who should attend

This program is intended for senior managers, executives and directors who wish to evolve a context-specific leadership strategy for maximizing personal and organizational productivity.

About the course

Disrupting the Status Quo and Mobilizing for Organizational Change

Senior leaders today face enormous pressure to lead their organizations in complex, rapidly changing environments. The need for innovative solutions has wrought extensive changes in the art of leadership, and as with any creative discipline, mastery comes with practice.

In this program, you will apply the transformative framework of Adaptive Leadership: a ground-breaking capacity building and leadership coaching approach developed at Harvard University. Learn the art of adapting effectively to disruption (or fomenting it, if necessary). Build skills for activating the potential in people. Practice collaborative methods for designing innovative solutions that drive systemic change.

What you will learn

  • Challenge assumptions that may be inhibiting your or your organization’s adaptive capacity
  • Analyze systemic and organizational dynamics and complexities
  • Use effective intervention to implement sustainable change
  • Promote open and honest conversations
  • Develop strategies for active learning amid competing agendas and changing contexts
  • Manage the inevitable stressors and dangers of leadership
  • Collaborate with others to mobilize collective wisdom

Program content

  • Identifying adaptive work: exploring gaps between adaptive challenges and personal values, testing multiple perspectives, thinking critically about challenges
  • Engaging and energizing others: identifying shared values, negotiating with authority, creating collaborative processes, mobilizing engagement and generating innovation
  • Giving the work back: empowering others to take ownership, dealing with distractions and avoidance, developing strategies for active learning
  • Orchestrating conflict: surfacing hidden conflict and directing it toward the adaptive work, depersonalizing conflicts
  • Regulating disequilibrium: managing stress and the pace of learning, respecting diversity, focusing on collective purpose
  • Infusing adaptive work with meaning: connecting adaptive work with specific tasks, shared values and individual purpose, practicing leadership from any position
  • Effective intervening: remaining agile in diagnosing adaptive work, exercising leadership experimentally and tactfully
  • Peer case consultation method

Special features

Working in groups, you will analyze leadership challenges you are currently facing, and apply the Adaptive Leadership framework to design an action plan for progress. You will also practice peer consultation—a vital component of adaptive leadership development.

Online program format

Each day of the program includes two facilitator-led online sessions in real time. Sessions are delivered in the morning and afternoon with ample breaks provided. The sessions are highly interactive, enabling you to network with peers, brainstorm ideas, engage in skill-building activities, and receive constructive feedback. You will also have access to self-directed resources (readings, videos, self-reflections etc.) that you can review at any time.


Adel Gamar

Adel Gamar is Co-Founder and CEO of GLG where he manages the delivery and implementation of the firm’s leadership development and change management services. He is driven to forge effective collaborations among business, government, and non-profit sectors, while creating lasting and impactful sol...

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