Understanding Adaptive Leadership: Tackling Tough Challenges and Thriving Lynnwood WA
Presented By:Edmonds Community College Community Education & Leadership Snohomish County
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One of the biggest leadership mistakes is using a technical solution for an adaptive challenge. Can you tell the difference? Are we leading with clarity and the tools necessary to mobilize people to thrive in challenging work environments?
Effective leaders are not only able to distinguish between the two, but are also adept at leveraging each to build culture, manage the heat, and ensure individual and organizational thrival. Based upon the work of Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky, at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Adaptive Leadership is about mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive in the process.
The model is based on the distinction between technical problems and adaptive challenges. For example, a technical problem may be calculating how much food a city may need while an adaptive challenge is changing the behaviors (values) of the people in the system to ensure the food gets to the people who need it. The subject matter expertise it takes to answer the question of how much food is required can’t answer the highly complex question of how to get that food to the people who need it, when they need it; that requires groups of people to behave differently, thus defining it as an adaptive challenge.
There are many intuitive aspects of Adaptive Leadership. Leaders simply cannot lead effectively without innately understanding and deploying many of these practices. Other aspects are counter-intuitive, requiring us to re-think the way we have done things.
Join us in identifying the practical applications of the intuitive as well as the counter-intuitive skills to enable you to expand your leadership capacity and impact.
- Understand the key components of Adaptive Leadership and how those directly impact your work (including identifying some of your technical issues from the adaptive challenges)
- Develop an understanding of how the foundational element of “thrival” applies directly to leading non-profits – specifically, how it supports professionals in maintaining their passionate contribution without burning out
- Identify one concept area you will commit to experiment with that will expand your leadership capacity and impact