What you'll learn

  • How to identify and unbundle complex challenges

  • How to understand the role of formal and informal authority

  • How to identify the key perspectives of stakeholders

  • How to build and renew trust relationships

  • How to approach conflict

  • How to implement personal strategies for surviving and thriving amidst change

Course description

The crises of our time generate enormous adaptive challenges for our families, organizations, communities, and societies. The need for leadership that can mobilize people to meet these challenges and improve life is critical.

In this introductory course, you will explore strategies for leading in a changing world where adaptive pressures will continue to challenge all of us. You will discover new ways to approach complex organizational systems and take thoughtful action on the work we all face ahead. Most importantly, you will reflect on how to move forward on the leadership challenges you care about most.


Founder, Center for Public Leadership; King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership; Harvard Kennedy School