Teaching the Art of Leading
The Center for Public Leadership sponsors courses, publications, and lectures aimed at identifying and teaching a broad range of leadership skills that can be used in a variety of organizations, groups, and communities. Since its founding in 2000, the center has stressed the development of personal as well as technical capabilities.
"Leadership in a time of uncertainty and change is much more than a cognitive exercise," says Betsy Myers, the center's executive director. It's often not enough to learn the tools of business and social science, such as financial and policy analysis. "It's self-understanding and an appreciation for the way their behavior influences others that enable leaders to use the tools to maximum advantage," explains Myers.
CPL offers workshops that help students, scholars, and practitioners explore ways to bring leadership theory and the emotional dimensions of leading to bear on real-world challenges. The center also provides crisis training for public health officials and leadership training for K-12 school superintendents.
Zuckerman Fellows Program: Leadership for the Common Good
The Zuckerman Fellows Program, established through a gift from Mortimer B. Zuckerman, enables students who are already enrolled in, or who have recently graduated from, professional degree programs in medicine, law, or business to pursue an additional degree at one of Harvard's public service schools: the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Graduate School of Education, or the School of Public Health.
Each year, the Zuckerman Fellowship provides 25 recipients with full tuition plus a $30,000 stipend. Fellows are selected on the basis of their leadership abilities, intellectual and academic achievements, and commitment to public service.
This story appears in the October 30, 2006 print edition of U.S. News & World Report.