CHAPTER ONE

Leadership for a Changing World

A Call to Adaptive Work

ON A COLD, rainy December afternoon, the last session of a course in leadership had just ended. Seated beside me, a bright, thoughtful young man was intently filling out his course evaluation form. Fourteen weeks earlier, I had observed him on the first day of class and suspected he might not take the course. The course begins in an unconventional manner, and he appeared well prepared to exercise other options. Yet now at the close of the term, here he was.

After he finished the evaluation, I told him I had noticed his skepticism on the opening day, and I wondered now how he felt about the course at the end. He responded immediately that the course had been very valuable. Then ...

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