The Nature of Adaptive Leadership

Ronald Heifetz. Video. 8 minutes.


This short video describes leadership tools and strategies to address complex challenges.


interview with Ronald Heifetz; learning leadership tools; how to address challenges; defining the problem; mobilizing people to adopt new behaviors; framework for crisis leadership

Recommended Audience

clergy and laity leading their congregation through chang



Practical Applications

  • Effectively lead your congregation through COVID-19 by starting your team meeting with this framework.
  • Set the tone to discuss a difficult issue by watching this video before a congregational meeting.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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