Eric Martin

Managing Director at Adaptive Change Advisors (ACA)

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Eric is a leadership expert specialising in leadership development and systems change. His work has been used to tackle challenges in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, improving health equity and access, and evolving the role of advanced technologies in our daily lives. Over the past decade, he has brought leadership development to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in 146 countries. Eric’s work draws on Adaptive Leadership, an unconventional and somewhat provocative leadership practice developed at Harvard by faculty Drs. Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky and by Alexander Grashow, with whom he has worked for many years.

Eric is the Managing Director of Adaptive Change Advisors (ACA), whose mission is democratise leadership – putting leadership tools that drive change into the hands of anyone who drives positive outcomes. He has served in an advisor, speaker or leadership trainer role at many organisations including the Rockefeller Foundation, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, US Business Council for Sustainable Development, the White House Presidential Personnel Office, United Nations Innovation Network, World Bank, Patagonia and USAID. 

Previously, he served in various roles at The Synergos Institute, a Rockefeller-affiliated international development organisation. Eric holds an MS in organisational Change Management and BS in Systems Analysis and Operations Research. Eric’s work has featured in publications including Fast Company, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Environmental Leader. He is the author of Your Leadership Moment: Democratizing Leadership in an Age of Authoritarianism."

At the School of System Change

Eric brings perspectives on adaptive leadership and systems leadership to School courses in the Americas.

"I've been impressed by the deep vetting and curation by the School’s contributors that has gone into bringing the best ideas and tools to light."
Eric Martin