Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles

Harvard University on edX

Grow your leadership competence by taking this course and establish your personal way of leading. Gain an understanding of your personal drivers and combine them with different leadership approaches.

About this course

In this introductory leadership principles course at Harvard, 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.



Short Course
Experience Level
4 weeks

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a short course?

With a short course, you’ll typically deep-dive into a specific area of interest within a broader topic.

Short courses are typically between 1 and 12 hours in duration, and in the case of guided courses (i.e. with live instructors), are sometimes spread over a number of days or weeks. Most short courses are self-paced, which means you progress through a series of videos and projects at your own pace.

Depending on the institution and the platform, you may also get a certificate of completion that you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

Is this really 100% online?

This course is completely online, so you can study from anywhere! All you’ll need is a device with an internet connection, such as a computer or a smartphone. If the course has any live, instructor-led sessions, you may need a microphone and possibly a webcam to fully participate. The instructor will make you aware of this beforehand.

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