What you'll learn

  • Explore adaptive leadership concepts and gain tools to exercise moral leadership both within organizations and in society.

Course description

Led by Faculty Chair Christopher Robichaud and complemented by materials from a diverse set of world-renowned faculty, this program combines online lectures with live sessions, an interactive simulation, group work and case-study discussions. Learn adaptive leadership, moral narratives, negotiating community values, leading within organizations and leading in society.

Course Outline

Leadership and Character in Uncertain Times

Week One: The Adaptive Leadership Framework

You will be introduced to the concepts of adaptive leadership and moral leadership. 

Week Two: Moral Narratives

Engage in a series of exercises that help you discover narrative and true north.

Week Three: Negotiating Community Values

Explore how to balance one's owns values with the values of a community, especially when there is conflict and disagreement. 

Week Four: Leading Within Organizations

Explore ways that the behavioral sciences can give us tools to bring about institutional change, especially as it concerns advancing matters of social justice.

Week Five: Leading in Society

This week focuses on advancing social justice outside of organizations and in society as a whole, and all the challenges that come with it. 


Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Director of Pedagogical Innovation, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics