Videos About Leadership

Malala Yousafzai's 2013 United Nations Speech

Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai speaks to United Nations' student delegates at the age of 16 after being shot in the head by the Taliban. Malala is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Pakistan.



Power Profile: Angela Merkel

Experts discuss the leadership style, personality, and policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she navigates an escalating migration crisis, uncertainty

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TEDxEuston

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977.

The 10 Most Powerful Women In The World 2013

What do Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce all have in common?

Sharon Isbin Performs at the White House

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin performs Isaac Albenizs Asturias and Agustin Barrios Mangorés Waltz Op. 8, No.

Interview with Wangari Maathai

Interview with the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Maathai, 2 April 2009.

Interview with Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, visited Stockholm 22 November 2010.

Aung San Suu Kyi: Nobel Peace Prize Lecture

Aung San Suu Kyi delivered her Nobel Lecture on 16 June, 2012, in the Oslo City Hall, Norway.


In the Women’s Leadership Program, we take time to examine different configurations of leadership as they appear in society and culture, thinking about how leadership depends not only on more traditional notions of a single, strong, inspirational figure, but also on a whole set of relationships that encompass creativity, co-operation, and consent.

We also analyze, particularly in the case of young women, how self-possession and leadership of oneself is crucial in developing the ability to lead others. This is something we learn in the texts we study and through the phenomenal women who visit our program to recount their paths to successful leadership and offer advice and encouragement to students.

While we promote women’s leadership and provide excellent role models for leadership success, we are also careful to recognize that valorizing leadership without acknowledging its potential ethical, moral, and philosophical pitfalls is wrong.

Leadership occurs in a world where class, gender, and race still impact one’s future. As we examine leadership, we also think about those who may be left behind in leadership narratives. This is part of our intellectual grounding here at the Women’s Leadership Program, where we endorse leadership, while at the same time we always seek to question and learn more.

Leadership Theory

During the year, students will be introduced to theories of leadership which will provide a foundation for ideas, discussions and writing. As each leadership theory is reviewed, students will perform a self-analysis to determine how their personal strengths align with the leadership practice. The weekly symposia offers students the ability to reflect on their growing understanding of leadership and awareness of their own personal leadership style. The symposia will also introduce students to a variety of female leaders, allowing student to develop an understanding of and appreciation for each woman's style of leadership.