“The notion of leadership is that we have limited energy and capacity to make change. So we’d better be focusing on what we really care about . . . And it’s got to come from the inside out.”
Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends
Welcome to our new website. As we approach our 30th anniversary, we in the Hart Leadership Program are proud of the fact that more than 10,000 undergraduates at Duke have taken our leadership classes, or participated in our experiential learning programming around the world. Our core faculty has been here for over two decades. Why…Read Story View All Stories
"If you are serious about being a leader, then being engaged in the society you live in requires a commitment, and your determination to honor that commitment becomes a core value."
“I see leadership as the process of helping people confront their own most difficult challenges, so they can discover and come to trust their capacity to adapt, and learn new ways of doing business that will allow them to thrive.”
The Hart Leadership Program challenges students to practice the art of leadership in public life. What is the art? Lao-Tzu said it with minimal words: “With the best of leaders, when the work is done, the project completed, the people all say, ‘Amazing. We did it ourselves.'” It’s taking on challenging work in groups, organizations, institutions and social systems–the kind of work that usually takes people beyond their comfort zones. It requires courage, but it also builds it. It tests us and forms us. It helps us discover who we really are, and what we are capable of doing together, when we locate common purpose. It’s about learning to ask big questions, and then hard questions. It’s an art where groups become the unit of transformation, and where the right questions have the power to generate far more engagement and endurance than easy answers ever would.
Explore our core programs
Service Opportunities In Leadership
SOL is an intensive 12-month leadership program for Duke undergraduates that combines academic study, research service learning, mentoring, and leadership training.
The Hart Fellows Program
The Hart Fellows Program offers recent Duke graduates ten-month fellowships with international humanitarian organizations.
Enterprising Leadership Initiative
ELI challenges undergraduates and alumni to make positive contributions to society and to pursue innovative ideas that enhance communities.
Research Service-Learning Pathway
The RSL Pathway fuses research, service and critical reflection with core public policy courses.
“My constant concern with what was the right thing to do kept me in the domain of applied ethics, striving often to apply the ethical theories I had so studiously examined in my theological studies to real-life issues and dilemmas.”From
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Matthew Hamilton and Rifat Rahman, the 2016-2017 Hart Fellows, were recently featured in Duke Today, the official source for all news, headlines, and events from Duke University. The article announced the Fellows' imminent departures into the field, commencing their 10-month fellowships working in Myanmar and Thailand. See the article here.
The Hart Leadership Program offers five courses in Fall 2016 including Leadership, Policy, and Change; Social Entrepreneurship in Action; Adaptive Leadership and others. Classes begin Monday, August 29th. See our full course descriptions for details.
Tony Brown will host another 36 Hours at Duke weekend September 16 – 18, 2016 focused on entrepreneurship. Alumni and undergraduate students from Tony's Social Entrepreneurship in Action seminar are partnered for the duration of the program to participate in faculty-led group workshops, connect with each other in small group conversations, and experience Duke and Durham. The weekend…