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

Goals, Values & Purpose



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Establish an Inner Polestar for Life and Leadership

Purpose and values are the foundation for great leadership, and for pursing a life well lived.  They illuminate our life journey by giving us direction, clarity and meaning.  But rarely do we step back to explore the hard questions that are at the core of pursuing a purpose-driven life. 

How do my personal values relate to my outer goals and aspirations – to succeed in life and leadership?  How can I discover my life purpose?  What, for me, is an ideal life?  How do I integrate my personal values and purpose into my role as a leader?  What if the goals of my organization, or the responsibilities of my role, are not aligned with my values and purpose? Are there gaps between what I value and what I am doing today – and if so, how can I close these?

In this class, Prof. Wadhwa helps you tackle these pivotal questions, using IPL’s signature mix of rigorous scientific findings, inspiring studies of great leaders, personal reflections and a set of principles and practical tools you can apply right away to infuse your life and leadership with greater purpose.  

What You Will Learn

  • Powerful - and surprising - new findings from the science of happiness
  • Everyday practices to boost happiness
  • How to craft a vision for your ideal life
  • How to define your values, identify gaps in your pursuit of these values, and develop a plan to close these gaps
  • A breakthrough framework for integrating your values in your career and life
  • The benefits – and costs – of pursuing Purpose – and how to eliminate the costs
  • 6 Stages of forging Purpose and 10 Principles for a Purpose-Driven Life 
  • How great leaders have discovered their Purpose
  • Introspections to help you craft your own Purpose – and a checklist that will help you ensure it is the right path for you

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

Goals, Values & Purpose 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 offered in-depth research and learnings from the lives of great leaders, insights supported by different research methods and practical techniques for self-improvement.
— Christine Alvarez, Vice President - Integrated Marketing, Discovery Communication
Christine Alvarez

Christine Alvarez

Fawad Hameed

Fawad Hameed

The framework this [class] teaches you on how to blend goals and values is amazing. I had never thought like that before and this idea makes a lot of sense to me to apply in my life.
— Fawad Hameed, Senior Finance Manager, Royal Group Holding, LLC

The content is fascinating. I am enthralled by all of the [Science of Self classes]. I learned the importance of knowing your values, the concept of ongoing growth, how to deal with adversity, the stories of great leaders and the value of meditation.
— Avril Quinn, HR Consultant & Career Coach
Avril Quinn

Avril Quinn