Adaptive Leadership (Course)
Adaptive Leadership (Course)

The fourth in our suite of Leadership Development courses, Adaptive Leadership is designed for experienced lay leaders and professional staff who are looking to help their congregations face challenges without easy answers.

The “Adaptive Leadership” framework, pioneered by Harvard’s Dr. Ronald Heifetz, is more than a toolbox of tips. It will change the way you think about your own leadership and will equip you to lead through any change, welcome or unwelcome.

Course materials are divided into modules, available “on demand” as pre-recorded presentations with additional reading materials, discussion questions and other resources.

For the best results, take this course with several other congregational leaders as a team. You will use the concepts and strategies taught in the course to address a real case study from your own congregation with the instructor.

Course Syllabus (Word) (PDF)

Optional Text: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership By Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, Alexander Grashow

(Prerequisite: Centered Leadership 100/101, Healthy Congregations®, Smart Church, In-person Leadership School or equivalent.)

Instructor: Rev. Renée Ruchotzke, UUA Congregational Life Consultant

Note for Leadership Development Teams

Each module has discussion questions (and sometimes activities) that you can use in person so your leaders can learn together and build deeper relationships and trust. 

The Facilitator will monitor and respond to the discussion threads, will review the assignments, and will be available for two phone/zoom consultations.

Course Fee

$30 per participant

About the Authors

  • Online Leadership Courses from your Congregational Life Staff. Transform yourself and your congregation to ensure that liberal religious values will have more impact in the world. Deepen your faith, connect with other UU leaders and grow your congregation.
  • Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) has served as a Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region since September of 2010. She serves congregation in Northeast Ohio and Western New York. She is part of the LeaderLab Design team providing Leadership Development resources and other trainings to congregations.

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