Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics

Why Attend

The overall aim of this course is to provide participants with the competencies required to make their organizations thrive in a changing world. Participants in this interactive course will have the opportunity to strengthen their practice of adaptive leadership no matter what role they play in their organizations. Also, this course presents tools and tactics to help participants lead and mobilize people and tackle tough problems while reaching high.

Course Methodology

This course features the use of interactive exercises in order to allow participants to develop strategies that will help them improve their competencies in adaptive leadership. The course also relies on the analysis of case studies and real-life examples from the business world.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish technical problems from adaptive challenges and learn how to observe, interpret and intervene
  • Discover the implications of the status quo on their organizations¬†and diagnose the system
  • Create an adaptive culture by mobilizing the system
  • Devise a plan to identify their roles, prioritize and articulate their purposes in an adaptive challenge
  • Apply tactics that will allow them to identify the emotional elements needed to lead an adaptive change

Target Audience

Managers, business professionals, and individuals who have decided to master the tools and tactics of adaptive leadership in a world where change has become the only constant.

Target Competencies

  • Adaptive leadership
  • Envisioning and initiating
  • Influencing and motivating
  • Decision-making
  • Strategic thinking
  • Leveraging diversity
  • Capacity-building
  • Emotional understanding


South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

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Course Fees

Note: Please fill in the online application form on the left or bottom if this page to receive a quotation with detailed pricing from AATICD.

How to Apply:

To Apply Simply Fill in the Online Enquiries / Applications form on the Right Sidebar or Bottom of this website


When filling the online application form; please take note of your desired Training Month, Duration in Weeks and Training Session. This will give us the exact dates you will be attending your classes.

Also note that Tuition Fees must be paid upfront on or before training start date. This is to ensure that all resources are made availabe for you before you start. You will not be allowed into training if fees are not paid and verified.

Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

  • Purpose and possibility
    • The illusion of the broken system
    • Distinguishing technical problems from adaptive challenges
    • Distinguishing leadership from authority
    • Living the disequilibrium, observing, interpreting, and intervening
    • Experimenting and taking smart risks smartly
    • Engaging above and below the neck and connecting to purpose
    • Living life as a leadership laboratory
    • Resisting the leap to action and discovering the joy of making hard choices
  • Diagnosing the system
    • The elegance and tenacity of the status quo
    • Diagnosing the system and discovering structural implications
    • Determining the technical and adaptive elements
    • Identifying the four adaptive challenge archetypes
    • Recognizing the political landscape and uncovering values that drive behavior
    • Sharing responsibility for the organization’s future
    • Valuing independent judgment and building leadership capacity
    • Institutionalizing reflection and continuous learning
  • Mobilizing the system
    • Reframing the group’s default interpretations
    • Generating a diversity of interpretations
    • Designing effective interventions
    • Keeping work at the center of people’s attention
    • Managing authority figures
    • Protecting and engaging the voices of dissent
    • Creating a holding environment
    • Nurturing shared responsibility for the organization
    • Developing leadership capacity
    • Institutionalizing reflection and continuous learning