By Linda Kasonde

As an ardent student of history, the subject of leadership has fascinated me for years. In particular, I look for insights into what makes great leaders so great – Mandela, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. to name but a few. For me, more than anything the pattern that emerges amongst all exceptional leaders is the ability to have the courage of their convictions. Going to Harvard had been a dream of mine for some time. One bored Sunday I googled their Executive programmes and came across one at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government that really sparked my interest: “Leadership in the 21st Century: “Chaos, Courage and Conflict”. More than anything the idea of leading with courage resonated with me. I applied for the course at Harvard and much to my delight I was accepted onto the programme.

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