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    Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Public Leadership concentration. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Program Overview

Highly interactive and experiential, Art and Practice of Leadership Development executive program is tailored for executive leadership development professionals from around the world, including leadership consultants, teachers, and trainers. During this one-week, on-campus program, you will work closely with our distinguished HKS leadership faculty team, led by Faculty Chair Tim O’Brien, to develop innovative leadership frameworks and teaching methods that address the unique demands of this work. Through class discussions, participant cases, and small group work, Art and Practice of Leadership Development provides a powerful, reflective, and unique opportunity for those focused on developing the leadership capabilities of others.   


Developed by Harvard Kennedy School faculty, Art and Practice of Leadership Development features a distinctive teaching pedagogy exploring:

  • The common assumptions people have about leadership and how these assumptions limit the way they learn and practice leadership
  • How the dynamics of your organization can support or impede leadership development activity
  • The difference between the practice of leadership development and other personal development work
  • The place for values, passion, and character in leadership development
  • The ethics of leadership development, especially when using experiential methods

All participants will be required to develop a case outlining a past or current professional leadership challenge of their own for consultation among peers in the program. These peer case consultations will serve as the primary practice of the program -  emphasizing the importance of diagnosing challenges to determine what leadership development might entail based on the challenge people are facing.  

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Immerse yourself with a cohort of fellow leaders on Harvard’s historic campus. View a sample program schedule. Note that module titles, speakers, and sequence may change.


“I wanted to capitalize my professional experience with the most incredible school in the world. I also wanted to strengthen my leadership skills and experiences.”

Hasina Ranaivo, CEO, HARA Madagascar
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Faculty & Research

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Timothy O'Brien

Lecturer in Public Policy

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Farayi Chipungu

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

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Ronald Heifetz

King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership

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Hugh O'Doherty

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

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Timothy O'Brien discuss the upcoming Harvard Kennedy School executive program Art and Practice of Leadership Development.

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2015 alumnus, Lloyd Denton heading to the polls in Istanbul for the historic Turkish Constitutional Referendum. Specializing in leadership development in Turkey and the Middle East for 15 years, Lloyd is seeing up-close how the turbulent climate is affecting his client base of senior executives and promising young leadership talents.

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