The first offering in this suite of courses is brought to you by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Executive Education. Adaptive Leadership for Africa: Chaos, Complexity and Courage offers a transformative opportunity to learn how to exercise leadership with more courage, skill and effectiveness.
While most leadership development courses focus primarily on building a distinct set of skills and tactics, Adaptive Leadership for Africa goes beyond this framework, pushing you to think seriously about your deepest assumptions and most strongly held values.
It also encourages you to examine how your ideals, principles and beliefs may have limited you in the past. By challenging you to look deeper than quick-fix, short-term solutions, you will gain the tools and knowledge necessary to examine the competing commitments, strategies and loyalties within your own organization and community.
The unique teaching approach of Adaptive Leadership for Africa uses the group as a real-time case study. Key leadership concepts are learned as participants’ experience, in a dynamic classroom setting, some of the very conditions that make exercising leadership so challenging and dangerous in the public sphere.
Each participant will bring to the course their personal leadership challenge, which will be explored in consultation with peers and faculty. You will return to the workplace energized, equipped with the practical and critical skills needed to tackle your challenge.
Through lectures and group discussions, the curriculum will focus on:
Exercising leadership with and without authority.
The distinction between ‘technical’ problems and ‘adaptive’ challenges.
Analyzing and managing the dynamics that impede progress.
Unlocking individual and group creativity.
Distinguishing ‘self’ and ‘role’ in the exercise of leadership.
Translating purpose and commitment into effectiveness.
The centrality of purpose to the activity of leadership.
The characteristics of effective intervention.
Hugh O’Doherty is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He has taught leadership and conflict resolution at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and the University of Maryland, where he directed the Ireland-US Public Leadership Program for “emerging” leaders from all the political parties in Ireland. In Northern Ireland, O’Doherty directed the Inter-Group Relations Project, an initiative bringing together political and community leaders in Ireland to establish protocols for political dialogue.
He has consulted extensively with a variety of clients including the Irish Civil Service, the American Leadership Forum, the Episcopalian Clergy Leadership Program, and the Mohawk Community Leadership Program in Canada. O’Doherty has also consulted in Bosnia, Croatia, and Cyprus, and has addressed the UN Global Forum on Re-Inventing Government.
The second component of this pioneering suite of offerings provides the practical skills needed to communicate your vision, engage your colleagues and maximize impact.
The Voice of Leadership: Inspiration, Influence and Impact, offered by the AKU GSMC, acknowledges that communication can no longer be seen as an ancillary skill for leaders. Instead, effective leadership and crisp, clear and compelling communication go hand-in-hand in an age of overwhelming information, relentless social media and ever-shorter attention spans.
Showcasing the expertise of AKU GSMC’s world-class faculty, the course explores the intersection of communication and leadership, with case studies, discussions and presentations that will help you to find your voice as a leader, build trust, motivate your teams and address the needs of key stakeholders.
The course will help you to avoid distracting, debilitating communication crises. You will also learn how to use smart planning and disciplined execution to handle those crises when they do surface.
Finally, you will learn how to engage the media. Whether it’s a Twitter chat or an on-the-spot interview for television or radio, you must be prepared to talk to your audiences with credibility and poise.
Through mock interviews and real-time feedback, you will learn how to shape your messages and skillfully navigate today’s exceedingly complex media landscape.
Stephen Buckley has been a reporter, editor and teacher for more than 25 years. He began his career with The Washington Post, where he spent 12 years as a local reporter and foreign correspondent, based in Nairobi and Rio de Janeiro. He subsequently spent nearly a decade at the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) in Florida, where he was a national reporter, assistant managing editor, managing editor, and digital publisher.
He then moved to The Poynter Institute, where he served as dean of the faculty for four and a half years.
Stephen has served four times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and he was a regional judge for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists for three years. He also has taught at National Writers Workshops and at the Nieman Narrative Conference at Harvard University, and has conducted writing and leadership training for journalists throughout the United States, the Caribbean, East Africa, and South Africa.
He joined the Graduate School of Media and Communications in June 2015.