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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

The Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program Art and Practice of Leadership Development is designed to instill those skills and competencies. Highly interactive and experiential, this executive program is tailored for executive leadership development professionals from around the world, including consultants, teachers, and trainers. It is led by Faculty Chair Ron Heifetz, King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership.

During this one-week, on-campus program, you will work closely with experienced colleagues and distinguished faculty to develop innovative leadership frameworks and teaching methods, along with strategies to implement them.


Developed by Harvard Kennedy School faculty, Art and Practice of Leadership Development features a distinctive teaching pedagogy. It includes “Case in Point,” in which you will experience both the “perspirational” and the “inspirational” aspects of leadership through a real-time case study of the class itself. You will also participate in peer consultation groups focused on dilemmas that you face in your leadership development work.


The Art and Practice of Leadership Development curriculum explores:

  • 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 tools available for leadership development
  • The place for values, passion, and character in leadership development
  • The ethics of leadership development, especially when using experiential methods

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Sample Schedule

Immerse yourself with a cohort of fellow leaders on Harvard’s historic campus. View a sample program schedule from a previous session. 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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Hear From the Faculty Chair

Professor Ronald Heifetz, the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, explores the question, can leadership be taught?

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Ronald Heifetz

King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership

Harvard Faculty and Guest Speakers
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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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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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