Hitendra Wadhwa is Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School, where he teaches MBA and Executive Education courses on Personal Leadership, Driving Strategic Impact and Leading from the Inside Out. 

At IPL, Hitendra consults with and provides executive education to a number of organizations. Through a partnership between IPL and Columbia Business School, Hitendra was the first leadership faculty at a top school to launch an online executive education program in 2012.   

Hitendra’s widely acclaimed research and teaching on leadership have been covered by Fortune, Psychology Today, BBC World Service, Inc., Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal. At Columbia, he has received the Executive-MBA Commitment to Excellence Award, the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, the Lear Award for Service to Students and the Most Dynamic and Engaging Professor Award. 

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In the past, he has been a Consultant at McKinsey & Company and the Founder and CEO of Paramark, a technology startup that was twice recognized as a Top-100 Internet Technology companies by Technologic Partners/Venture Wire.  

Hitendra earned an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a B.A. Degree in Mathematics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, where he graduated top of his class. He can be reached at hitendra (at) personalleadership (dot) com.

“The best part of the online class was Prof. Hitendra. His delivery was just remarkable. I enjoyed his teaching and listening to his lessons; they were like stories which I believe is the best way to learn and remember lessons. The program gave me practical tools to apply immediately to my life
— Luiza Raposo, Sr. Account Manager, 360i LLC
Luizo Raposo

Luizo Raposo


Hitendra has been a pioneer among business school faculty in embracing the audio-visual medium for disseminating his teaching on personal leadership. Here are some samples.  


Hitendra frequently delivers livestream talks on Personal Leadership on behalf of IPL + Columbia Business School Executive Education. These are open to the public. Sign up using the form at the end of this page to receive an update on Hitendra’s next webinar.

Here are some of his recent webinar topics:

  • "How to be True to Your Self in Life and Leadership"
  • “How to Succeed by Not Trying:  The Power of Non-Attachment”
  • “Simplicity:  The Secret to Success in a Complex World”
  • “Working Smarter, not Working Harder:  Five Keys to Driving Strategic Impact”
  • “The Power of Paradox:  Unleashing Your Full Potential by Embracing Opposing Ideas”
  • “Taking Giant Leaps in Small Steps:  The Power of Chunking in Driving Transformation”
Liam Condon

Liam Condon

Prof. Wadhwa’s keynote speech ‘The Right Mindsets to Maximize Personal Impact’ was highly appreciated by the participants. The feedback about the whole event, and especially Prof. Wadhwa’s presentation, was extremely positive. His input was crucial for us to help shape the right mindset of a market leader in our organization.
— Liam Condon, CEO, Bayer CropScience


Hitendra selectively delivers keynote speeches at major industry and organizational events. Recent examples include:

  • Keynote speaker at HR People + Strategy Annual Conference: The New Talent Ecosystem. April 10-13, 2016. Scottsdale, AZ.  “The New Science of Leadership Development:  Lessons from the Front”.
  • Citi Learning Series, Global Livestream Event for Citibank Employees, New York. “The Power of the Growth Mindset”.
  • HPE Enterprise Group HR Summit, Dallas, Texas. “Maximizing Personal Impact in Times of Change”
  • GE Ventures Leadership Summit, Dana Point, California. “The Power of the Growth Mindset”
  • Thomson Reuters, SPARK Leadership Conference, Dallas, Texas. “Shifting Mindsets and Behaviors to Unlock Your Full Leadership Potential”
  • Bayer CropScience International Management Meeting, Berlin, Germany. “Four Mindsets for Leadership Transformation”.  
  • SAP, Services Organization, Global Livestream Session, Newton Square, Pennsylvania. “Maximizing Personal Impact in Times of Change”
  • Business Wisdom Summit, Kiev, Ukraine. "5 Success Principles for Life & Leadership"
  • Tech de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico. “How to be True to Your Self”


Hitendra’s work at Columbia and IPL has been actively covered in the media. Here are some highlights:


The comments below have been shared by participants in online IPL-Columbia Business School Executive Education courses.

Ernie Bray

Ernie Bray

Lucy Boudet

Lucy Boudet

“I really enjoyed Prof. Wadhwa’s style and presentation. He made the course very interesting and made it feel as though I was right there.
— Ernie Bray, CEO and Founder, AutoClaims Direct Inc.
I really liked Prof. Wadhwa, his teaching style and his use of scientific research to validate powerful lessons.
— Lucy Boudet, VP Marketing and Strategic Communication, Valencia College
Prof. Wadhwa kept my interest and involvement at high levels through his effective communication style — one that has great clarity and humor!
— Gustavo Stubrich Executive Director/Owner, Onstrategy Consulting Group
[I loved…] the energy and love with which Hitendra delivers the classes. It is refreshing!
— Deborah Lugo, Executive Director, Mercury
Gustavo Stubrick

Gustavo Stubrick

Xavier Cahiz

Xavier Cahiz

Professor Hitendra has an enthusiastic and engaging approach to the lessons that kept me engaged without effort.”
— Xavier Cahiz, VP Supply Chain Asia-Pacific, Baxter International
“Hitendra played a huge role in this course for me, as he is extremely well spoken and charismatic, yet at the same time very humble! I felt connected to Hitendra, and energized to do the modules every week. It was something I looked forward to in my daily routine. There is a hole [now that] this is over!”
— David Frazier, Executive Director, General Church of the New Jerusalem
David Frazier

David Frazier

Tudor Georgescu

Tudor Georgescu

“Professor Wadhwa is fantastic. His discourse is flawless! I loved the structure, the materials and the sources he offered. I came back to them frequently.”
— Tudor Georgescu, Sales Executive, Prodplast