Adaptive Leadership


What is Adaptive Leadership?

Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organisations adapt and thrive in challenging environments and make progress on daunting or stuck, complex challenges. 

A diagnostic tool originally developed by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky from Harvard Business School, the Adaptive Leadership model supports those trying to exercise leadership to understand their terrain, the nature of the challenge, appreciate the predictable responses to change and re-conceive a different leadership role which doesn’t perpetuate the status quo. 

It is about being able, both individually and collectively, to take on the gradual but meaningful process of change. It is about diagnosing the essential from the expendable and bringing about real change.

Through the Adaptive Leadership approach individuals and organisations are re-energised and prepared for the challenges they face now and in the future.


How we help you and your organisation solve tough problems

Social Leadership Australia offers Adaptive Leadership for Social Impact Masterclasses which introduce the concepts of Adaptive Leadership and apply these concepts to your most complex leadership challenge.

Tell us your challenge. The tougher the challenge the better. Social Leadership Australia run place based and issue based customised consulting programs to help your organisation solve tough problems and embed change & leadership capability.  


Download our Adaptive Leadership Explainer :

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