Ronald Heifetz joined us March 11, 2009.
Ronald Heifetz, Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership and King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, is known worldwide for his seminal work on the practice and teaching of leadership. His research focuses on how to build adaptive capacity in societies, businesses, and nonprofits. For twenty-five years, his courses on leadership have been among the most highly valued in the University. Ronald is the author of numerous books including Leadership Without Easy Answers and his bestselling study, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading, which he co-authored with Marty Linsky.
Ronald speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad and consults widely with senior executives in government, business, and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, he is a founding principal in Cambridge Leadership Associates.
A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School, he is both a doctor and a musician. He trained initially in surgery before deciding to devote himself to the study of leadership in politics and business. Ronald completed his medical training in psychiatry and as a cellist he studied with the great Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky.