From Purpose to Impact: Reflections and Conversations about Public Service and Leadership

Designed for leaders in the local government, the course aims to provide a space and time for young public leaders to look back at their leadership journey, using this reflection as an impetus to learning important competencies that can deepen their commitment, and propel them to serve their communities with greater impact.

The course is by-invitation only. First cohort graduated last December 21, 2020 while the second cohort graduated last June 26, 2021.

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide a space and time for young public leaders to look back at their leadership journey, using this reflection as an impetus to learning important competencies that can deepen their commitment, and propel them to serve their communities with greater impact. The daily challenges they face in the arena often push these leaders to task-orientedness, in their desire to help better the lives of so many. In the process, they lose sight of important values that ground them in the service, including the power of working with communities and the networks they draw valuable strength and support from. By grounding these young public servants to their own call to service, they will feel a deep sense of recommitment to the reasons why they continue to lead.

Learning Objectives

  1. Have a deeper understanding of their call to service, what drives them and what keeps them in the arena, despite setbacks.
  2. Identify significant barriers to greater impact and find effective and practical ways to surmount them, individually and with their support systems.
  3. Learn and grow in important leadership competencies such as effective communication through authentic storytelling, problem solving through proximity and collaboration, and building a stronger network base of support.
  4. Form a strong community for reflection, vulnerability, support, peer mentorship and allyship.

Target Participants

  • Elected local government leaders

Qualifications

  • Must be 25-40 years old
  • Must have at least three (3) years of experience in public service

Course Facilitator

Director of Fellowship and Leadership Development Programs
Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership
In her role as Director of Fellowship and Leadership Development Programs, Atty. Myrish Antonio leads the design and implementation of leadership development programs for CPL’s 11 student fellowships and the greater HKS student body.
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