The Oxford Adaptive and
Transformational Leadership

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10 Days

Introduction to the course

The Oxford Adaptive and Transformational Leadership training course is an essential skill set for individuals seeking to drive change in a world of conflicting demands and ever-changing priorities. Adaptive and Transformational Leadership is a concept that emphasises leaders' ability to navigate complex and rapidly changing environments. Unlike traditional leadership approaches that focus on maintaining stability and control, adaptive leadership acknowledges the dynamic nature of modern organisations and the need for leaders to adapt their strategies accordingly.

In this leadership style, leaders are expected to be flexible, resilient, and able to anticipate and respond to unforeseen challenges. They empower their teams to innovate and problem-solve, encouraging a culture of learning and experimentation. Adaptive leaders foster collaboration and communication, encouraging diverse perspectives and constructive feedback.

This Oxford Adaptive and Transformational Leadership training course will highlight:

  • Recognising the need for change and being proactive in identifying emerging trends and disruptions that require a shift in strategy.
  • How to mobilise and unlock collective intelligence to harness their team members' collective knowledge and expertise to address complex problems collaboratively.
  • Embracing uncertainty by being comfortable operating in ambiguous situations and skilled at managing risk.
  • Facilitating learning and growth by creating environments where individuals feel empowered to take calculated risks, learn from failures, and continuously improve.
  • How adaptive and transformational leadership is about guiding organisations through uncertainty and transformation, enabling them to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Course details

At the end of this Oxford Adaptive and Transformational Leadership training course, you will learn to: 

  • Learn how to leverage the diversity of thought to foster innovation and creative problem-solving.
  • Strengthen communication skills to lead teams through periods of uncertainty and change effectively.
  • Build resilience and encourage a culture of learning and flexibility within teams.
  • Master techniques to identify and address systemic issues within an organisation.
  • Evaluate and refine leadership approaches based on feedback and organisational outcomes.

The Oxford Adaptive and Transformational Leadership training course will utilise various proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This includes experiential group activities, individual exercises and syndicate discussions. Formal inputs are used to introduce underpinning theory. A vital part of the learning process is sharing participants' differing experiences and experimenting with novel – and sometimes challenging – techniques.

Your organisation will benefit from leaders returning with the knowledge and skill to get the best from themselves and inspire others to engage more fully to improve their performance in today’s fast-moving environment. In summary, your organisation will benefit from:

  • More effective leaders can foster a leadership mindset encouraging experimentation and iterative learning.
  • Resulting in leaders who focus on results and goal achievement
  • Practice reflective leadership to improve personal and team performance continuously.
  • Implement a framework for sustainable change that aligns with organisational goals and values.
  • Prepare to mentor and develop others in the organisation to become adaptive leaders.
  • Be able to use successful adaptive and transformation leadership in various organisational contexts.

The Oxford Adaptive and Transformational Leadership training course will give participants the confidence, drive, and skills to challenge themselves towards higher managerial performance. Specifically, they will develop:

  • Effective adaptive leadership strategies for daily operations.
  • Utilising communication, influence, and persuasion to engage colleagues for improvement and change.
  • Managing performance and fostering improvement in individuals and teams.
  • Motivating and supporting others to achieve targets in a challenging environment.
  • Empowering oneself and their team to tackle change and innovate.
  • Developing skills to tackle evolving challenges and complex issues.

The Oxford Adaptive and Transformational Leadership training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Managers and Leaders Implementing Change Processes.
  • Department Heads involved in complex change.
  • Strategic Decision-Makers.
  • Team Leaders faced with complex change implementation.
  • Leaders looking for sustainability in an ever-changing world.

Daily Agenda

{heading_content}MODULE I - The Oxford Adaptive Leadership:
DAY 1:
Building Capacity
  • Change the culture
  • Adapt to new technology
  • Developing the right attitude
  • Characteristics of adaptive leadership
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Leading a creative climate
DAY 2:
Decisions Making & Problem Solving
  • Uncertainty - many facts may not be known.
  • Complexity - you must consider many interrelated factors.
  • High-risk consequences - the impact of the decision may be significant.
  • Divergent and diverse thinking
  • Interpersonal issues - it can be difficult to predict how other people will react.
  • Tools and techniques in decision making
DAY 3:
Risks and Experimentation
  • Goal setting and prioritization
  • Deliberate vs. experimental approaches
  • Formalizing trial and error methods for improvement and innovation
  • Planning for implementation
  • Organizing for implementation
  • Test phases and pilot projects
DAY 4:
Adapting to Change
  • Creating a vision to change
  • Managing the principles of change
  • Dealing with resistance
  • Managing the four states & reactions to change
  • Tools & techniques to assist the change process
  • Empowering people to act
DAY 5:
Develop the Team
  • Earn their respect
  • Help them to recognize their true potential
  • Making individuals feel valued and respected
  • Factors in team development
  • Dealing with conflict in teams
  • Giving feedback for improved performance
{heading_content}MODULE II - The Oxford Transformational Leadership:
DAY 6:
Beyond Traditional Leadership: The Principles of Transformational Leadership
  • The nature of motivation and influence
  • The role of intrinsic motivation in achieving work satisfaction and outstanding performance
  • The nature of transformational leadership and the Full Spectrum Leadership Mode
  • Four key factors that contribute to transformational leadership
  • The transformational skillset
  • Assessing the capacity and propensity for transformational and transactional leadership
DAY 7:
The Stages of Leadership Development
  • Fundamentals of human adult development
  • Lines of development and stages of development
  • How leadership develops over an entire career
  • The relationships between cognitive and moral development, and leadership stages
  • The link between transformational leadership and the stages of leadership development
  • Recognizing and assessing the stages leadership development
DAY 8:
Becoming an Adaptive Leader
  • Fundamentals of personality and temperament
  • How personality impacts on leadership and management style
  • Socio-communicative styles: how to recognize and leverage them in oneself and in others
  • Developing the skills and capacity to adapt to the needs of oneself, others, and the situation.
  • Acquiring flexibility and agility in one’s leadership style
DAY 9:
Transforming Teams and Organizations
  • How leadership impacts organizational development and teambuilding
  • Understanding and applying the languages of discovery, transformation, and collaboration
  • The collaborative organization and communities of inquiry
  • The organization as an organic whole that evolves and develops over time
  • Understanding and applying the power of morale, mood, cohesion, and unity of purpose
DAY 10:
Creating a Personal Leadership Development Plan
  • Techniques for honing transformational skills and factors
  • Creating a personal development plan in the cognitive, professional, moral, and interpersonal domains
  • Techniques to overcome personal and collective resistance to change and transformation
  • Helping others develop
  • Creating a community of inquiry to continue progressing with peers and like minded colleagues

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no prerequisites. Our courses are open to students of all backgrounds who are 18 years of age and older. All courses are conducted in English. Video lectures include English subtitles and the option to slow-down, pause, or replay lectures for better retention. Discussion boards are a critical component of each of our courses; therefore, we suggest students have a conversational knowledge of English when pursuing a Certificate of Completion. For any of the art writing courses, students need to be 100% proficient in written English.

You should have an up-to-date web browser such as: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. For more detailed information, please see the guides for supported browsers and basic computer specifications. Our Online Courses can be accessed on a mobile or tablet device, although we strongly encourage you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet connection for certain course components. Former students have told us it is easiest to read discussion threads and complete written assignments on a laptop or desktop computer.

Registration is available on our website. Just follow these simple steps: Click the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of your screen. Select “Online Courses.” Choose your course(s). You will be asked for basic contact information and your credit card payment. We require full payment at the time of registration and all tuition is billed in US dollars. Be sure to check with your bank or credit card company, as your financial institution may charge a foreign transaction fee.

Our classes are kept small, at no more than 30 students, to better facilitate and encourage personalized interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Your classmates come from all over the globe and contribute their global perspectives and experience. Some are currently working within the arts while others are just beginning. All classmates share in their passion for the art world.

It is recommended that you begin your course promptly. If you do need to start the course a few days late, contact your instructor as soon as possible after the course has opened to discuss your options. Registration closes on the Friday after the course begins.

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