Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change is a 15-week online program led by Professor Marshall Ganz. Presented through an engaging online platform, the program focuses on leadership and learning through live lectures, readings, discussions, reflection exercises and an organizing project.


We define leadership as accepting responsibility to enable others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty. This program explores how leadership is exercised using these practices:

  • Public narrative
  • Building relationships
  • Structuring leadership teams
  • Strategizing
  • Action

Learning: Organizing Projects

One key part of the program is your own critical analysis of your capacity to lead an organizing project. An organizing project requires (a) mobilizing a constituency to (b) collaborate with each other to (c) achieve a real change. You and your peers will learn why this approach is the most effective in addressing problems of power. You'll also learn the value of enabling people to mobilize the power/resources they need to solve their problems. How do they do that? By working together or by challenging others who hold power over them.

Organizing Projects

Hear from participants in this past year's program discuss their organizing projects.

LOA Sample Case Study

Program Flow

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During this program, you'll become better at organizing by trying it, reflecting on your experience, learning from your reflection and trying again. Requirements include:

  • Leading an organizing project
  • Reading background material
  • Participating in lectures
  • Writing reflection papers
  • Completing skill practice assignments
  • Taking part in section meetings
  • Receiving coaching from your Teaching Fellow (TF)
  • Coaching each other

The program has nine modules that each focus on a specific learning objective. Each module also specifies an action objective—a particular skill you'll practice with your peer-learning partner. Each module builds on the previous learning and action objectives.


Certificate Requirements

We expect a high level of commitment from participants—at least 10 hours a week. To earn a program certificate, you must do all of the following on time:

  • Attend and participate in nine course lectures and nine section meetings.
  • Submit nine reflection papers and five practice assignments.
  • Hold an introductory and mid-term one-on-one with your TF.
  • Submit course evaluations.

Make-Up Policy

In case of a work or family emergency that cannot be rescheduled without putting jobs/health in jeopardy, students may miss up to two scheduled sessions (lecture or sections). Make-up work will be required.

More Information

Download a program brochure to learn more.


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