Your Leadership Moment

Democratizing Leadership in an Age of Authoritarianism

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Influence Your Organization and Lead Change

Anyone can lead. You don't have to be a CEO or work in a management position to have influence. Your Leadership Moment provides practical tools, techniques and inspiration to discover your leadership potential. It combines personal and real-world anecdotes with a framework for Adaptive Leadership that can help anyone learn to lead.

In this book, you will discover what a Leadership Moment is, the key concepts of Adaptive Leadership, how to stop perfectly solving the wrong problems and start creatively solving the right problems, and how to make real, positive change.


Author and leadership expert Eric Martin has brought leadership development to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in over one hundred countries. Eric’s work draws on Adaptive Leadership, an unconventional and provocative leadership practice developed at Harvard by Drs. Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky - and further refined by Alexander Grashow. Your Leadership Moment teaches Eric’s expansion on Adaptive Leadership in a way everyone can understand.

What people are saying

Eric Martin combines relentless optimism with hard-nosed realism in powerful stories of people like you and me who saw a leadership opportunity and refused to sit on the sidelines. Each of us has the potential for a leadership moment. Reading this book will help you find yours.


Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School & Author, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership


About the Author

The thought, What will my kids make of this in 50 years? runs through my mind as I wrote this book and this bio. Hopefully what's here provides helpful context …

A prominent leadership expert and proud native of Detroit, Eric Martin’s quest to democratize leadership has taken him around the world—from the White House to the foothills of the Himalayas. His work and expansion of Adaptive Leadership has connected him with people in over one hundred countries, including developing the next generation of leadership for clean energy, advancing regenerative livelihoods through social enterprise, and influencing a more thoughtful integration of technology into our daily lives.


Curious by nature, Eric’s search for the ‘meaning of it all’ took him down varied paths. Studying initially as an engineer, he cast off science and math to learn the culture, ways and language of Japan, where he served as a translator for years. Not a believer in love at first sight—until that point—Eric met his future wife Ava Field while she, too, worked as an expat in Japan. The ‘meaning of it all’ took on new life.


After seriously considering a career in medicine on the US West Coast, he instead moved to New York City. In a fortunate twist, he landed in the executive office of a Rockefeller-affiliated nonprofit working at the extreme margins of human development and systems change. There he began a long, transformative journey with one of the key architects of Adaptive Leadership. The journey continues.

Today, Eric is a speaker, writer and teacher on the themes of leadership, change, and the evolution of humanity’s relationship to “our home planet.” He founded and leads Adaptive Change Advisors (ACA), which is the premier mission-based Adaptive Leadership organization worldwide. ACA’s mission is to put leadership tools that drive change into the hands of anyone who seeks meaningful outcomes. Eric has been published in Fast Company, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Environmental Leader.


While he hasn’t lived in Detroit for years, he engenders its grit and resilience…and can be found jamming to Motown music with his family at home on many a weekend morning.

Eric has served as an advisor, speaker, or leadership trainer in a variety of places, including: Acumen, Rockefeller Foundation, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, US Business Council for Sustainable Development, White House Presidential Personnel Office, United Nations Innovation Network, World Bank, Cornell University, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Sustainability Consortium, Democracy Fund, National Academy for Science Engineering & Medicine, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, USAID and The Aspen Institute. 


Discussion points

1) Leadership moments, everyday


There has been an explosion of leadership moments in recent years. Until about twenty years ago, the average executive faced less than two leadership moments per day. Today, the average worker—not just executive—faces five or more leadership every day.



As a reader of Your Leadership Moment, you're invited to join Gather, a worldwide gathering for deep learning, unlearning, and sense-making to democratize leadership. In this community, you will discover people, courses and many resources to help you identify and seize the leadership moments that come your way every day.

Leadership and Hope

Various podcast hosts interview Eric Martin about Your Leadership Moment, democratizing leadership, and the leadership moments called of us in this time of uncertainty, transition, and hope.

Leveraging Leadership Moments Around the World

Introduction by Eric Martin of Adaptive Change to "democratizing leadership" and what motivates his work.


Transforming the Status Quo Through Everyday Leadership

The story of Eric Martin and Vimal Kumar, who's leading a civil rights movement in India.



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