Professional Skills - Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive Leadership differentiates between technical challenges which can be fixed by experts (budgeting and managing projects) and adaptive challenges which require leaders who can cope with ambiguity (conflict management, motivation and strategic change). Adaptive Leadership focuses on the human element of leadership – this includes, how to minimize the distress caused by change, and how to seek feedback from the lower levels of the business hierarchy.

Course Overview

  • Course Details         

  • Instructor Led Training
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Workshop size: 25 participants
  • Delivery: Classroom or Online

Course Objectives

  • Identify the difference between technical and adaptive problems
  • Diagnose which adaptive challenges exist in their departments
  • Understand the cost of not adapting
  • Observe, interpret and intervene in adaptive challenges
  • Create an adaptive culture by working with your team

Training Techniques 

  • Experiential learning
  • Case studies
  • Group learning and discussion
  • Individual challenges
  • Collaborative and competitive tasks
  • Training videos
  • Role plays and simulations


Here is what we will cover in
this course

Adaptive Leadership Nuts and Bolts

-Leadership vs Authority

-Technical vs Adaptive

6 Adaptive Behaviours
(Heifitz and Baylor)

-Understanding the big picture
-Identifying Adaptive Challenges
-Managing resistance
-Keeping your team focused
-Giving work back to your team
-Valuing your team’s input

3 Duties of Adaptive Leaders

-Mobilize and motivate people

-Organise and orient people

-Focus the attention of others

Skills to Implement Adaptive Leadership

-Being proactive
-Influencing people
-Motivating people
-Strategic thinking
-Emotional intelligence
-Relationship management
-Change management
-Time management
-Giving feedback / Developing staff



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Patrick Jones - Course author
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