Ronald Heifetz

King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership
Center for Public Leadership
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Ronald Heifetz is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership and founder of the Center for Public Leadership. Recognized for his seminal work on both the practice and teaching of leadership, his research focuses on building the adaptive capacity of societies and organizations. His first book, Leadership without Easy Answers, has been reprinted and translated many times. He cofounded Cambridge Leadership Associates and coauthored the best-selling Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading with Marty Linsky. 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. Heifetz speaks and consults extensively throughout the world with heads of governments, companies, and NGOs. 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.



  • MLD-201-A Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change


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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Book Chapters
    • Heifetz, Ronald A. "Operating Across Boundaries: Leading Adaptive Change." Radical Responsibility: Celebrating the Thought of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Ed. Michael J. Harris, Daniel Rynhold, and Tamra Wright. Koren Publishers, 2013, 179-199.
    • Heifetz, Ronald A. "Build the Stomach for the Journey." Mastering Public Health: Essential Skills for Effective Practice. Ed. Barry S. Levy and Joyce R. Gaufin. Oxford University Press, 2012, 311-312.