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This bio was updated in 2010

Ronald A. Heifetz , Co-Founder of the Center for Public Leadership and King Hussein bin Talal Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, is known worldwide for his seminal work on the practice and teaching of leadership.

His research at Harvard focuses on how to build adaptive capacity in societies, businesses, and nonprofits. For more than two decades, Heifetz's courses on leadership have been among the most highly valued in the University, and his first book, Leadership Without Easy Answers (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1994), currently in its thirteenth printing, has been translated into many languages.

His more recent study, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading (Harvard Business School Press, 2002) was co-authored with Marty Linsky.The subject of many interviews, articles, and the book by Sharon Daloz Parks, Leadership Can Be Taught (Harvard Business School Press, 2005), Heifetz speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad and consults widely with presidents and senior executives in government, business, and nonprofit organizations.

Heifetz is a founding principal in Cambridge Leadership Associates. A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Heifetz 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. Heifetz completed his medical training in psychiatry. As a cellist, he studied with the great Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky.

Heifetz lives in the Boston area with his wife, Dr. Sousan Abadian, and their two children, David and Ariana.

Related Links

Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government