Leadership Live from Harvard Square
Members of Leaders Excellence may join our “Leadership Live from Harvard Square” sessions via video conferencing. These sessions start with a uniquely produced lecture on the topic and continues on to a group discussion where a member is selected to lead the discussions. The purpose is to discuss leadership within each month’s topic but, more importantly, to network with fellow members residing in different parts of the world. We are also inviting top professors from renowned universities such as Stanford and Harvard several times a year to lecture on essential and trending topics. This is your opportunity to make valuable, real-time video conferenced connections with other Leaders Excellence members residing in different parts of the world.
Recent speakers include: Ashley Whillans, professor at Harvard Business School on Time Smart; Raj Sisodia, distinguished university professor on Awakening Conscious Leadership; Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, world champion in project management and Harvard author on The Project Economy; Mohan Subramaniam, professor at IMD Business School on The Future of Competitive Strategy; Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor at Stanford University on 7 Rules of Power.
To discuss leadership topics, there are several areas of knowledge that can be helpful. Here are some key aspects and concepts related to leadership that you can explore:
- Leadership styles: Familiarize yourself with different leadership styles such as autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, transactional, servant leadership, and situational leadership. Understand the characteristics, strengths, and potential drawbacks of each style.
- Leadership theories: Study prominent leadership theories like trait theory, behavioral theory, contingency theory, and the charismatic leadership theory. Gain insights into how these theories explain leadership effectiveness and the traits or behaviors associated with successful leaders.
- Emotional intelligence: Learn about emotional intelligence and its relevance to leadership. Understand how self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills contribute to effective leadership.
- Communication skills: Explore the importance of effective communication in leadership. Learn about different communication styles, active listening, nonverbal communication, and techniques for delivering clear and persuasive messages.
- Decision-making: Understand the decision-making process and explore techniques such as rational decision-making, intuitive decision-making, and group decision-making. Consider the factors that influence decision-making and strategies for making effective and ethical decisions as a leader.
- Conflict resolution: Study techniques and strategies for managing and resolving conflicts in leadership roles. Learn about negotiation, mediation, and fostering a collaborative environment to address conflicts constructively.
- Team building: Explore the dynamics of team building and effective teamwork. Understand how to create a positive team culture, promote collaboration, delegate tasks, and provide constructive feedback to maximize team performance.
- Change management: Learn about leading and managing organizational change. Understand the stages of change, resistance to change, and strategies for facilitating successful change initiatives as a leader.
- Ethical leadership: Explore the concept of ethical leadership and the importance of ethical decision-making. Understand how to promote integrity, transparency, and ethical behavior within an organization.
- Leadership development: Familiarize yourself with strategies for personal and professional leadership development. Explore concepts such as mentoring, coaching, self-reflection, and continuous learning to enhance leadership capabilities.
By delving into these topics, you will gain a solid foundation for discussing leadership and engage in meaningful conversations about leadership theories, practices, and challenges.
Leadership Discussions from Harvard Square
Leaders Excellence members and alumni are exclusively invited to our “Leadership Luncheons” at the Harvard Faculty Club for an extra cost. With its unique ambiance, reflective of the university’s proud traditions and rich heritage, the Faculty Club is located at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is open only to members of the Harvard community.
Aside from our membership to the Harvard Faculty Club, we have reciprocal privileges with clubs belonging to the Association of College and University Clubs and may also visit non-ACUC clubs like Oxford and Cambridge University Club in London, UK as well as selected university clubs globally.