Craig McDowell


This workshop will help you to understand Adaptive Leadership and how it applies to complex and challenging events. 

Using real-life situational crises examples, an adaptive leadership framework will be explored to enable you to reflect on how you tackle previously unknown challenges. Through examining complex decision-making processes, you will develop strategies as to how to reshape and redefine the work being done in order to meet these challenges.

You will also have the opportunity to understand the relevance of emotional intelligence. You will learn about the importance of empathy, authenticity, resilience and ways to facilitate more productive work environments during challenging times.

This workshop will also reinforce that adaptive leaders need to own collective responsibility for the current global conditions that we impact and that impact us.

Learning Outcomes

Participation in this workshop will enable you to:

  • orchestrate the resulting conflict, chaos, and confusion of change in a way that the disturbance can be productive rather than destructive
  • be more adaptable to embrace disequilibrium and to develop strategies to thrive – personally and with your leadership
  • mobilise others to tackle challenges.


  • Adaptive leadership and associated practices and interventions
  • Relevance of emotional intelligence
  • Purpose and process of complex decision making
  • Characteristics of an adaptive organisation

We’ve worked with ODI over the last few years to deliver a range of tailored in-house courses for our businesses, ranging from Effective Communication through to Technical Report Writing. The quality and professionalism of the facilitators as well as their responsiveness to queries makes them a perfect development partner for our consulting businesses.

Kate Singleton, Manager People and Culture, Net Ltd

Want to know more about this workshop? Let's chat

  • You'll tell us about your business, your specific needs and the business results you hope to achieve.
  • We'll talk about how we can tailor this workshop content to meet your needs.
  • You can tell us about the delivery mode that will best suit your people.
  • We'll explain how we'll support your people to turn their learning into action.

So let's organise a chat. We just need a few details and we'll be in touch within 48 hours.