The Challenges of Leadership


To help executives cultivate outstanding leadership capabilities, Harvard Graduate School of Design offers Challenges of Leadership—a four-day immersion in best-in-class thinking, diverse perspectives, and proven, global strategies with a focus on design, planning, and real estate. By exploring the fundamentals of successful leadership, you will emerge well equipped to take on greater leadership responsibilities, and thoroughly prepared to make an immediate and positive impact on your organization’s performance.  Watch the "Why This Program" video.

Flagging market demand, tightened lending conditions, and an overall slowdown in construction have hindered growth and challenged executives across the architecture, real estate, planning, and design sectors. For these organizations, improved performance is predicated on effective leadership—individuals who can identify market opportunities, leverage organizational strengths, and drive measurable results. Watch the "Who Should Attend" video to learn more.


Featuring real-world case studies, timely lectures, dynamic group projects, and relevant coursework, this innovative offering provides powerful lessons and ideas that can immediately be put into practice within your own organization. Key to the program is a personalized leadership development plan based on a 360° assessment of your leadership style and skills.

The carefully constructed curriculum examines the complex challenges facing today’s leaders and provides strategies and tactics for overcoming them. Engaged with an elite group of industry peers and renowned faculty, you will take part in an intensive learning experience designed to help you:

  • Strengthen your core leadership skills
  • Examine best practices by which to benchmark your leadership approach
  • Attract and retain star performers
  • Develop a strategic vision that propels your company forward
  • Inspire yourself and those around you
  • Establish a leadership succession plan
  • Cultivate a culture of trust that extends across your organization

Watch the "What You'll Take Away" video

Processing Fee: $75.00
Registration Expire Date: 
February 7, 2012 - 9:00am
Academic Leader(s): 

Academic Leader(s):

Founder and Managing Principal, Business Growth Consulting, LLC, Seattle WA


John Shad Professor of Business Ethics, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
President and CEO, The Associated Press, New York NY
FAIA, Principal, Perkins+Will, Washington DC
Managing Partner, Center for Leading Organizations, Concord MA.
AIA, LEED AP, Principal, DSK | Dewing Schmid Kearns, Concord MA.
FAIA, Chairman, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, PC, New York NY
Dean, and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
FAIA LEED AP, President, Shepley Bulfinch, Boston MA

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