Faith & Leadership

Want to improve your knowledge of world faiths? Keen to develop your leadership skills? Want to meet men and women in positions of leadership from different faith backgrounds?


What’s it all about?

LSE forms future leaders. Our students come from all over the world and go on to positions of leadership in business, finance, government and civil society. 34 have become world leaders.            

To lead successfully in today’s world it is increasingly clear that you need a sophisticated understanding of religion. Three quarters of humanity now profess a religious faith. That is set to rise to over 80 per cent by 2050.

But we’re increasingly aware that religion can be used for the bad as well as the good. The twenty-first century requires leaders who are sufficiently informed to understand the complex relation of religious narratives to social and political change and relate their own faith commitments wisely to the responsibilities they bear. 

I gained a greater understanding of different faiths, but deeper than this an understanding of living with difference beyond tolerance.

What’s involved?  

The course runs on seven Monday evenings in the Lent Term, and  includes one residential weekend. It involves:            

  • Short, creative introductions to the main world faith traditions from expert scholars and community leaders.              
  • Consideration of the changing dynamics of religion in the world today and evolving models of secularism and religious pluralism.              
  • Training in decision-making, mediation and reconciliation by people experienced in the field.    
  • Sessions with leaders in the different sectors studied at LSE (e.g. business, politics, law) from a range of different faith backgrounds. 
Probably the best course I have taken at the LSE.

What is the commitment?

The course is free of charge with no preparatory reading and no final assessment, but commitment to the sessions is imperative.

The programme runs on Monday evenings in Lent Term (excluding Reading Week) with a residential in February.

Students are required to attend all the evening sessions and the residential. If you have concerns about the residential owing to religious observance please speak to us. Missing more than one session without good cause will disqualify you from the certificate.    

Something to look forward to at the beginning of every week, learning and deepening understanding on issues and subjects that really matter.

How do I apply?

Numbers are limited to 30 participants, and we look for enthusiastic students who will benefit most from the programme. We interview some applicants in the last week of the Michaelmas Term each year.