This Master Class is offered in partnership with Columbia Business School Executive Education.  You will receive a Certificate of Completion by IPL & Columbia. 

How to be True to Your Self

Domain: Science of SelF
Program: Developing Your Inner Core


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Operate with a Natural Force of Character, Anchored in Your True Self

We admire people who live and lead with authenticity, self-confidence and clarity of purpose. Yet most of us, from time to time, struggle to operate with self-confidence, to giving full expression to our values, feelings, thoughts and motivations, or to balance our personal goals with our commitments to others.

How can you cultivate more confidence in your self, especially in high-stakes situations?  What does it take to be true to your self?  How can you pursue authenticity in a world that isn’t always aligned with your interests?  How should you balance your own goals and values with what others expect from you?  How can you lead your people to their own practice of authenticity, even as you seek to have them serve a common goal?

This class helps you address these questions by taking you down three learning paths:

  • Authenticity:  You will be introduced to the Five Pillars of Personal Leadership that are at the heart of authenticity in life and leadership.  The more you practice these pillars, the more you will live and lead authentically.  You will get practical guidance on how to put these pillars into practice in your personal and professional life, and on how to foster authenticity among your people as well. 
  • Self-Confidence:  This class trains you in cultivating self-confidence from within.  You will get practical guidance on the inner and outer steps you can take to experience an increasing sense of confidence in all that you do.  You will also learn that a lack of self-confidence isn’t necessarily a negative force, but a feeling that needs to be properly channeled into action.  
  •  Inner vs. Outer Scorecard:  We are often conflicted between pursuing an inner scorecard – our personal goals, values and aspirations – and an outer scorecard – the expectations that others have of us.  Inner vs. Outer Scorecard engages you in a rich and insightful analysis of the costs and benefits of both scorecards, and then leads you to establish an ideal scorecard for life and leadership.

What You Will Learn

  • What it means to be authentic in life and leadership
  • The 5 pillars we all need to pursue in order to operate authentically
  • The importance of balancing self-confidence with humility
  • How to strengthen your self-confidence – the behaviors, mindsets and values that will take you there
  • Practical guidance on how to achieve breakthroughs in the practice of self-confidence and authenticity, at work and in life
  • The costs and benefits of operating with an inner vs. outer scorecard; how to develop an ideal scorecard
  • How great leaders have forged self-confidence, practiced authenticity, and designed their scorecard

Course Structure 
This IPL-Columbia Master Class offers you the opportunity to go on a focused 6-week learning journey to gain mastery over a particular personal leadership topic.  Scientific insights and tools are supplemented with a strong dose of practice and personal integration.  

  • Duration:  6 weeks
  • Time Required:  2 hours per week
  • Self-paced, high-quality video lectures
  • Online reflections and discussion
  • IPL’s proprietary myPL mobile learning platform for convenient on-the-go access
  • Certificate of Completion from the Institute for Personal Leadership & Columbia Business School Executive Education.
  • Access to the IPL toolbox – tools, templates, and frameworks

How to be True to Your Self is based on IPL’s scientific learning system, integrating breakthrough research in psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, sociology, medicine and psychotherapy, a rigorous study of great leaders and organizations, and a practical toolkit to drive tangible improvement in your personal leadership skills. 

This online course is taught by Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and Founder of the Institute for Personal Leadership.  You can read his bio on the Columbia website or here on the IPL Founder’s page.

This class has given me the opportunity to learn more about leadership, both from the content and from other participants. It blends both sources wonderfully. Spending time better understanding myself through this class was a very good investment.
— Ray Luthur, Executive Director, Indiana University
Ray Luthur

Ray Luthur

Theron DePaulo

Theron DePaulo

IPL’s online courses on the [Science of Self classes] has been the best training I’ve taken in years! Not only has it been tremendously valuable for me personally, I’d recommend it to anybody in a leadership position or with aspirations to lead.
— Theron DePaulo, Director, Providence Health & Services

This is one of the best courses I have experienced in my life. I sincerely see how much impact it has had on me — on my behavior, my communication skills, my self-confidence and my ability to step back. It has given me the tools and techniques for becoming an effective leader.
— Chams Edine Ndiaya, Project Manager, ALLIANZ
Chams Edine Ndiaya

Chams Edine Ndiaya

Alfredo J. De Zayas

Alfredo J. De Zayas

IPL’s [Science of Self] has led to a significant improvement in my personal and professional life. I have been promoted to partner in my firm and I attribute this promotion to this journey. [These classes] have transformed my life and now I see endless possibilities, opportunities and goals as achievable. IPL has taught me to re-script my thoughts take safe risks gradually, deal with problems, increase my confidence level, assertiveness, and much more. This teaching has changed my life completely and it is unlike anything else that I have experienced before.
— Alfredo J. De Zayas, Principal, Tax, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC