What you'll learn

  • Political management
  • Authentic leadership
  • Foundations of authority
  • Policy development
  • Strategy and performance
  • Decision making and much more

Course description

Faculty Chair Dana Born, along with digital learning experts at Harvard, have reshaped the Senior Executive Fellows curriculum to meet the needs of virtual learners by making sessions highly interactive and focused on the main objectives of the curriculum: preparing top managers to become future leaders.

The four-week online program will focus on key themes critical to effective leadership in the U.S. federal government, international governments, as well as their counterparts in the military, private, and nonprofit sectors. 

Course outline

  • Interactive Live Sessions

    One-hour long sessions with a mix of case discussions, exercises, and lectures.


  • Faculty Consultation Sessions

    Optional Group meetings with the faculty to discuss questions and issues

  • Faculty Office Hours 

    Individual appointments with Faculty Chair Dana Born to discuss professional and personal development

  • Leadership Challenge

    Individual challenge that participants are currently facing in their work and would like to make progress on during the program

  • Live Peer Group Working Sessions

    Pre-assigned working groups designed to engage deeper with your peers to prepare and reflect on the course material and provide consultation on your leadership challenge

  • Self-Study Modules

    Self-paced learning opportunities based on custom video content and reading materials that build upon and complement the live sessions and focus on the key themes of the program

  • Affinity Groups

    Optional Opportunities for participants to exchange ideas or engage deeper on topics of professional interest nominated by the cohort


Associated Schools

  • Harvard Kennedy School

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