Leadership and Communication

XSeries Program

Join Harvard Online in this series of online courses to learn how to be an effective leader and motivate your team while navigating change and tough challenges.

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What You'll Learn

What makes an effective leader? How can you not only employ better communication strategies, but motivate people to tackle tough problems and achieve goals together? Examine how to improve your leadership communication style, improve decision making, and develop as a leader in this two-course series.

In the first course, Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles, learn how to be an effective leader and motivate your team while navigating change and tough challenges.

In Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking, explore proven communication techniques and strategies to learn how to articulate your ideas to achieve your goals. Learn from some of the most persuasive leaders from the last century about the ethical use of rhetoric, dialogue, listening, and self-criticism.

After completing the XSeries Program in PredictionX, learners will learn:

  • How to build and renew trusting relationships by following principles of leadership development and effective communication techniques.
  • How to implement personal strategies for leadership development to survive and thrive amidst change.
  • How effective communication can lead to communal and societal good.
  • How to understand the role of formal and informal authority and maintain effective interpersonal communication skills in both.
  • When and how to employ a variety of communication styles in writing and speaking.
  • How to craft compelling presentations and persuade an audience.

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Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles

Tackle tough problems and thrive through the dangers of change

The crises of our time generate enormous adaptive challenges for our families, organizations, communities, and societies. The need for leadership that can mobilize people to meet these challenges and improve life is critical.

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Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking

Gain critical communication skills

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of rhetoric, the art of persuasive writing and speech. In it, learners will learn to construct and defend compelling arguments, an essential skill in many settings.

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