CHAPTER EIGHT

The Same Approach—Other Teachers

The Question of Transferability

TRANSFERABILITY is one of the big questions that has surrounded the bold, practice-oriented, case-in-point approach to teaching adaptive leadership that Heifetz and his colleagues have developed. There are two dimensions to this question. The first, explored in chapter 6, concerns whether the learning is readily translated into professional practice. Here, we turn to the second dimension: Can the approach itself be used effectively by anyone other than Ronald Heifetz?

After all, goes the haunting question, isn’t it the case that Heifetz has a very distinctive background that has played a critical role in the development of this approach and the way he teaches it? ...

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