Why Adaptive Leadership?

Through the NCLI program, conservation professionals gain access to global leadership experts and their cutting-edge ideas. Faculty from Cambridge Leadership Associates present the core tenants of Adaptive LeadershipTM and share real-world experiences.

Today’s complex conservation challenges are unique to our changing times. They require a new way of thinking—an adaptive framework.

Adaptive LeadershipTM, described by Ron Heifetz in his classic book Leadership Without Easy Answers, is a set of strategies and practices which help organizations and the people in them break through gridlocks, accomplish deep change and develop the adaptability to thrive in complex, competitive, and challenging environments.

Two intensive residencies of immersive training in the core tenants of Adaptive LeadershipTM provide the understanding, skills, and support conservation professionals need to navigate the evolving political, social, and environmental shifts they currently face and will continue to address in the future.

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Lead the Way

Embrace our mission & vision
to see where we are and where we want to be.

What Will it Take

Plan for the Future

Gain a new perspective on our conservation challenges and how to face them head-on.

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Review Annual Reports

See NCLI's long-term objectives and how we're achieving them.

“I never knew it was possible to have this kind of learning experience from a program…it was truly a high point in my career, and I will carry the lessons learned and the relationships gained with me forever.”

BILL THOMPSON, Penobscot Nation DNR AQP