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Improve your leadership communication style

Professional Certificate in
Leadership and Communication
HarvardX

What you 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.

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.

Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
3 months
2 - 3 hours per week
Discounted price: $250.20
Pre-discounted price: $278USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. HarvardX's Leadership and Communication Professional Certificate

  2. 2–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Mobilize people to tackle tough problems and build the capacity to thrive through the dangers of change

  3. 2–3 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    Gain critical communication skills in writing and public speaking with this introduction to American political rhetoric.

    • “53% of leaders indicated that building skills was the best way to close their company’s capability gaps in the next year” – McKinsey Survey
    • "Companies that are highly effective communicators had 47% higher total returns to shareholders.” (Source: Towers Watson, Capitalizing on Effective Communication: p.2)

Meet your instructors
from Harvard University (HarvardX)

James Engell
Gurney Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature
Harvard University
Ronald Heifetz
Founder, Center for Public Leadership; King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership
Harvard Kennedy School

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Discounted price: $250.20
Pre-discounted price: $250.20USD
2 courses in 3 months
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