This Executive Program is offered in partnership with Columbia Business School Executive Education. You will receive a Certificate of Completion by IPL & Columbia. You will also earn one day of credit towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits from Columbia Business School. Learn more.

Personal Leadership & Success

Domain: Science of SelF  


Watch Prof. Wadhwa's introductory comments on this Executive Program


Spring: Jan. 30, 2017 to Apr. 23, 2017
Summer: May 22, 2017 to Aug. 13, 2017
Fall: Sept. 11, 2017 to Dec. 3, 2017


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We typically approach leadership as an outward-focused discipline. As a leader, you need to know how to inspire others, direct others, change others, influence others, and turn others around at times of adversity. But what if you turn that lens inward? Do you know how to inspire your self, direct your self, change your self, influence your self, and turn your own self around at times of adversity? Isn’t it critical to master this inner game of leadership before you can master the outer game?

Personal Leadership & Success will take you on a learning journey through the Five Pillars of Personal Leadership: Purpose, Wisdom, Self-Realization, Love and Growth. It is a unique leadership program grounded in rigorous scientific evidence from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy, and case studies from the lives of great leaders. The program provides powerful insights and tools to help you gain mastery over your goals, values, purpose, thoughts, emotions, beliefs, mindsets and motivations, so you can operate at your best in all moments, become a more effective leader, build stronger relationships, and experience greater fulfillment at work and in life.

Many successful people have been motivated not by success as much as keenness to pursue their purpose and values in life.
— Mahatma Gandhi

What You Will Learn

  • The impact your inner environment has on your success
  • Your current level of mastery over different aspects of your inner environment and how it compares with top performers
  • A deeper understanding of your core values and how to align your day-to-day behavior and priorities with these values
  • Scientifically validated principles, tools, and techniques for how to approach your highest potential in life and leadership by developing your self along the five pillars
  • Personal reflections, group discussions and applications of personal leadership techniques

Participant Profile
The Personal Leadership & Success program is designed for executives at all levels, who are searching for practical techniques to gain greater success in their professional and personal lives through an enhanced understanding and mastery over their inner environment.   

Course Structure 
This Columbia-IPL Executive Program allows you, over a 12 week timeframe, to build a broader personal leadership competency. 

  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Time Required: 3 hours per week
  • Self-paced, high-quality video lectures
  • Online reflections and discussion
  • Opportunity to interact with a global community of executive participants
  • IPL’s proprietary myPL mobile learning platform for convenient on-the-go access
  • Certificate of Completion (Executive Program) from the Institute for Personal Leadership & Columbia Business School Executive Education.
  • One day of credit toward a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits from Columbia Business School.
  • Access to the IPL toolbox – tools, templates, and frameworks

Personal Leadership & Success 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.  

Personal Leadership (Online) has been one of the most enjoyable and valuable courses I have taken in a long time. I got hooked to the program - I must have reviewed each of the modules at least twice, some even more times. I now meditate daily, have a values-based scorecard and found the entire Love module refreshing.
— Raghu Krishnamoorthy, VP, Executive Development & Chief Learning Officer, General Electric
Larissa Hall

Silvio Scandiuzzi
I’ve enjoyed every moment of Personal Leadership (Online). It was enlightening, invigorating and informative. The impact of this class was truly profound. It has repositioned me to live a very different life going forward based on all the insights and tools provided. The depth of insight on all five pillars has given me tangible thoughts and methods to live my best life on my terms, under my control!
— Lauren C. States, VP, Strategy & Transformation, IBM Corporation

Personal Leadership (Online) delivers the profound insight that inner mastery is both a powerful multiplier of an individual’s core strengths, intellect and talent as well as a jumping off point for personal growth and organizational impact. This course is a game changer!

The course design and body of work uniquely combines the foundational leadership principles with the latest developments in neuroscience. The depth and breadth of the material and instruction provides a deeper understanding of each individual’s capacity to reach our highest potential
— Catherine Gueli, VP, Strategy, Management Processes and Communications, Xerox Corporation
Constance McCaw