Ron Heifetz

Ron Heifetz


CLA co-founder Ron Heifetz, is also the founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is renowned worldwide for his seminal work on the practice and teaching of leadership; he speaks and consults extensively in the United States and abroad with leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Heifetz’s research at Harvard focuses on how to build adaptive capacity in societies, businesses, and nonprofits. His courses on leadership and authority are among the most popular in the university, and his widely acclaimed book, Leadership Without Easy Answers has been translated into many languages and is currently in its twelfth printing. Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading, written with Marty Linsky, was published in 2002, and his newest book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership – Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World, written with Marty Linsky and Alexander Grashow, published in May 2009.

A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Kennedy School, Heifetz is also a physician and a cellist, having studied with the Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky.