Introduction to Adaptive Leadership: A Workshop for Educators

March 9, 2017 Needham Free
Dr Max Klau

Jewish education professionals from across Greater Boston are invited to join Dr. Max Klau to encounter a powerful conceptual framework for thinking about the work of leadership that has been developed and refined over several decades at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The adaptive leadership model is grounded in two theoretical distinctions. First, there is a difference between technical challenges, which we understand and know how to address, and adaptive challenges, which are unclear and can only be addressed by transforming deeply held beliefs, values, and norms. Second, there is a difference between authority–a formal position of power–and leadership, which is an effort that can be made by anyone to get a group to address an adaptive challenge. It’s a powerful conceptual framework that we’ll explore with some experiential learning that is sure to challenge some of your deepest assumptions about the work of leadership.

Dr. Max Klau is the Chief Program Officer of the New Politics Leadership Academy, where he oversees a national effort to recruit alumni of military and civilian service programs to run for political office. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Leadership Development at City Year, Inc., an education-focused national service program, where he helped design the leadership development experience of more than 3,000 young adult corps members. An alum of four different Jewish service programs, Max has led service trips to Israel, Ghana, Honduras and Ukraine. He received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005 with a focus on adaptive leadership. His writing about leadership development has appeared in “Fast Company,” “Harvard Business Review,” “Washington Post” and “Huffington Post.”

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Thursday, March 9, 2017, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Needham, MA 02494

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