Exercising Leadership

I am thrilled to share my experience of participating in the “Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles” course on EdX, developed by Harvard University. This intensive 4-week course, made possible through the support of the IRC, focused on the fundamental principles of effective leadership, particularly distinguishing technical from adaptive challenges. Unlike technical problems, which can be resolved with existing knowledge, adaptive challenges require innovative solutions and learning.

Throughout the course, I learned to understand the difference between leadership and authority, diagnose complex organizational situations, mobilize people to tackle tough challenges, and build an organization’s adaptive capacity. The course was structured around key modules such as understanding leadership, differentiating technical vs. adaptive challenges, diagnosing systems, mobilizing groups, regulating productive stress levels, managing conflict constructively, and creating a culture that supports ongoing learning.

Led by renowned Harvard experts Ronald Heifetz, Marty Linsky, and Alexander Grashow, the course included comprehensive lectures, real-world case studies, interactive exercises, and engaging discussion forums. This course has been a transformative experience, providing valuable insights into effective leadership and enhancing my ability to drive meaningful change.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to the IRC for providing this opportunity and to EdX and Harvard University for delivering such a profound and impactful course.

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