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Global Change Agents: Leading with Commitment, Creativity, and Courage, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
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The reality of globalization means that institutions and communities need a new kind of leadership capacity—a capacity to deal with uncertainty, inspire others to transcend old habits and mindsets, orchestrate adaptive and creative problem solving, manage the stresses and losses associated with change, and produce results with others that go beyond what is currently imagined or foreseen. 
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A change agent uses creativity, power, and authority to intervene and mobilize people to face tough realities. One does not have to be the boss to be a change agent. Leadership is an activity, not as a position. A change agent must be able to stimulate a process where people tackle essential issues and modify their values, habits, practices and priorities in order to make progress. This deep learning and problem-engagement process can be difficult, painful, and even dangerous—but it is necessary if a group, team, organization, community or nation is to progress.

The Global Change Agents: Leading with Commitment, Creativity and Courage Executive Education program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government provides an in-depth understanding of this leadership model as well as important insights about the personal qualities involved in serving effectively as a change agent. In particular, this program addresses how to:

  • Strategically intervene in a system to get attention and mobilize resources
  • Determine key adaptive challenges the team, organization, or community faces
  • Diagnose the psychological, emotional, and behavioral demands of a specific change
  • Manage defensive routines, resistance, and work avoidance dynamics
  • Orchestrate creative problem solving
  • Use personal and formal power wisely and responsibly to attract and sustain attention
  • Harness personal talents, predisposition and style in a productive manner.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Languages
    • English
    Schedule TOEFL® Schedule IELTS
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Global Change Agents will incorporate a range of interactive learning activities, including presentations, dialogues, documentaries, experiments, personal case studies, and readings:

  • Facilitation through presentation, dialogue, and rigorous inquiry
  • Videos and documentaries
  • Experiments and exercises
  • Personal case study
  • Readings and handouts.


English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

  • Schedule a TOEFL® test
  • Schedule an IELTS test

Academic Requirements

  • Admission is based on the candidate’s depth of experience and range of responsibility. There is no formal educational requirement, but fluency in written and spoken English is a necessity for the program.
  • Early application is encouraged. Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, and the program often fills to capacity. Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space remains in the class.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    7600 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 USD per module and a duration of 5 days.
  • National

    7600 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 USD per module and a duration of 5 days.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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