International Workshop on Leadership
Leading through the Dangers of Change

  • 2-Day Online Workshop
  • 18th - 19th March
  • Free of Cost

What you'll learn

  • Learn the art of effectively mobilizing people and the politics of change
  • Learn to discern between technical and adaptive challenges
  • Build a toolkit to better observe, diagnose and create interventions towards sustainable progress
  • Practice learnings from the workshop through thoughtful reflection exercises and discussions

Course Description

What does it look like to exercise leadership? How can one do it from different positions in life and in a system? Is it enough to have authority to be able to exercise leadership? Can we exercise leadership even if we do not have authority? 

We are taught to think of leadership in a certain way, with images of decisive magicians like politicians who get powerful rewards. We imagine that leaders are “born with it”, that they have a certain unique composition that puts them above the rest. Usually, we do not think of risks involved and that those who call themselves leaders can also jeopardize their career and even personal life.

We believe that exercising leadership can be done by a student, corporate executive, politician, employee. However, it demands diagnostic integrity, self-knowledge and self-discipline. Throughout this online 4-day immersive, cross-cultural  workshop, we will work with you on your diagnostic capacity and highlight areas that may impact it. We will explore how self-knowledge and self-discipline form the foundation for exercising leadership.

The purpose of this workshop is to start to clearly understand different layers of the system around us, different relations that we are part of and one’s place in the system. This understanding would give us confidence and competence to exercise leadership and help us in reaching goals that we set in career and life.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed to be transformative. Bringing in knowledge from the  courses that we studied at the Harvard Kennedy School, we plan to work with you on your diagnostic skills, and your confidence and competence to exercise leadership.  
Interested students should note that this can be an intensely emotional experience. Participants can choose how deeply they explore these experiences during the workshop.

Course Description


-Day 1:
• Introductions and What is Exercising Leadership
• What is Authority & seeing Leadership as a practice
• Introduction Adaptive Leadership –> Different Types of Problems
• Q&A

-Day 2
• The Politics of Change
• Diagnostic Work of Leadership
• Closing Discussion/Q&A and End of Day 2


-DAY 3
• Recap of week 1
• Generating Freedom to Exercise Leadership
• Identities and Social Constructs
• Q&A

-DAY 4
• The Hungers and Failures of Diagnostic Integrity
• The Sacred Heart
• Closing discussion/Q&A


Hamza Haroon is a graduate of Harvard University; he was Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His concentration at Harvard was in Management, Leadership, Technology, and Decision Sciences. He was given that rare honor to address the graduating class as a graduate speaker at Harvard Kennedy School commencement ceremony. Before joining Harvard, he served as Special advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology (S&T) in Pakistan and later promoted to serve as Director Strategic Initiatives to the Minister. At S&T, He led and worked on various complex policy initiatives. Hamza Haroon did his undergraduate from Indiana University at Bloomington from the prestigious Kelley School of Business, after graduation he worked in corporate America for 7 years at a multinational company. In the USA, Hamza worked across +15 brands including Lysol, Mucinex, Airwick and Finish across 7 different roles encompassing sales and marketing.

Arba Murati: Expert with over 12 years of experience in democracy support and governance. Areas of expertise: elections, media development, gender equity, M&E. She has worked with international organizations such as the EU, the OSCE/ODIHR, and International IDEA, in a dozen countries in Europe, Africa, and the MENA region. She has a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, MSc in Law and Gender Studies, and a MSc in Management

Frequently Asked Questions

No. This is a progressive learning course so enrollments for one week are not allowed.

Yes, this is a 100% online course.

The purpose of the course is to increase your capacity to exercise leadership with and without authority, across differences, and from any political or organizational position.

No background or pre-requisites are required.