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Dr. Ronald Heifetz

Author, Educator, Leadership Guru

Dr. Ronald Heifetz

Dr. Ronald Heifetz is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership and founder of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Recognized for his seminal work on both the practice and teaching of leadership. Heifetz speaks and consults extensively throughout the world with heads of governments, companies, and NGOs. His research focuses on building the adaptive capacity of societies and organizations.

Dr. Heifetz's first book, Leadership without Easy Answers, has been reprinted and translated many times. He co-founded Cambridge Leadership Associates and with Mark Linsky co-authored the best-selling Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading. His recent book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing your Organization and the World, was coauthored with Linsky and Alexander Grashow. He is the subject of many articles and the book by Sharon Daloz Parks, Leadership Can Be Taught.

A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and the Kennedy School, Heifetz is a physician and cellist. He was privileged to have studied with Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky. His children, David and Ariana, recently graduated Carleton College.


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