Adaptive Change Advisors (ACA) is the foremost mission-based Adaptive Leadership organization worldwide

Adaptive Leadership


Master the "X" factor of Adaptive Leadership - Level 4 Immersive

The need for effective leadership facilitation is increasing as our global community and organizational challenges get more complex, less certain and simply harder to manage. “Facilitation” in these contexts often extends beyond simple training facilitation to holding—and even leading—competing stakeholders through a process of creative disequilibrium to undergo a deep experiential learning process. 

For the facilitator, as for a leadership practitioner, a guiding question is therefore how do I prepare people to tolerate the pressures, heat and ambiguity that develops as we work toward resolving tough and seemingly intractable (adaptive) challenges?  Facilitators take part in a well-tested and refined onsite and offsite development process that includes a range of experiential, didactic and results-oriented activities based on established adult-learning principles. Specific consideration will be given to differing levels of experience and perspectives.


The 5-day Adaptive Leadership Train-the-Trainer program takes place over 3 months. It consists of a field and forum design. Participants receive a grounding in the principles and practices of Adaptive Facilitation on November 9-10. They then undertake 3 months of largely self-guided practice, culminating in a 3-day ‘teach-in’ in early 2024. During the ‘teach-in’, participants develop skills to design and expertly facilitate one or more of the following: 

  • Standard Adaptive Leadership session (2-day)
  • Shorter form trainings or adaptive interventions (1-hr to 1-day)
  • Longitudinal action-learning programs (6-18 months)
  • Peer-based self-guided activities
  • Other formats tailored to the needs of your organization or clients. 

Dates/Times [US Eastern Time]: 

Introduction to Adaptive Facilitation (2 days)

  • November 9 | 9:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • November 10 | 9:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Certification in Adaptive Leadership (3 days)

  • February 2 | 9:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • February 5 | 9:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • February 6 | 9:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm 

Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, facilitators receive ACA certification in Adaptive Leadership (TM) along with access to proprietary materials and trainer assets.

Fees: A $500 deposit holds your seat. Rates: Corporate $5,000, Nonprofit/Govt $2,500 ; limited scholarships available


As the premier mission-based Adaptive Leadership organization worldwide, ACA is the only provider of Adaptive Leadership trademarked certification. Our experts have run train-the-trainer programs to build in-house capacity at Google, Microsoft, Acumen and elsewhere. This program is based on the leadership development methodology of Adaptive Leadership (TM), which was developed by Ron Heifetz and his Harvard Kennedy School colleagues over the past thirty-five years. It provides a framework, shared language and set of tools and techniques for leading individuals and teams through challenging and uncertain environments. 

What is Adaptive Leadership Facilitation?

Adaptive Leadership facilitation builds facilitator capacity by shifting the training “classroom” to become a space to practice leadership rather than to simply study it. The cornerstone of Adaptive Leadership facilitation is a belief that, to facilitate well, the facilitator needs to internalize the very capacities that they seek to create in the individuals and teams they’re facilitating. This includes managing self and role, understanding their relationship to authority, surfacing factions, managing frustration and discomfort in the face of intractable challenges, navigating disappointment and orchestrating productive conflict. To do that, facilitators must develop a keen eye for seeing the system as it reveals itself, generating multiple interpretations and then crafting activities and interventions to help people engage purposefully. 

Specific, practical skills the facilitator can expect to learn include:

  • Reading dynamic situations and designing interventions in the moment
  • Making hidden issues, assumptions and interpretations transparent and testable
  • Depersonalizing conflict
  • Directing attention to systemic, rather than personal, interpretations
  • Resisting the urge to provide premature closure to conversations
  • Holding steady when participants express discomfort or hostility
  • Making conscious choices about which lines of inquiry to pursue and which to let pass
  • Refashioning participants’ expectations that they can rely on the facilitator for answers

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