Columbia Business School Executive Education in partnership with the Institute for Personal Leadership (IPL) now offers you a unique opportunity to take Columbia Business School Executive Education's popular program on Personal Leadership virtually with Professor Hitendra Wadhwa - without leaving your home or your office.

Participants of Personal Leadership (Online) receive a Certificate of Completion from Columbia Business School Executive Education and Institute for Personal Leadership. You will also earn credit towards a Certificate in Business Excellence (CIBE) from Columbia Business School (one day's credit for the Essentials Edition, two days' credit for the Executive Edition, and three days' credit for the Premium Edition). Learn more about the benefits of earning a CIBE here

Online Learning

Personal Leadership (Online) provides a number of learning benefits: Each week, Each module has around 60 minutes of video lecture-content, and 30 minutes of reflections and group discussion. There are also rich opportunities to connect, share, discuss and practice with other participants. And participants get the opportunity to join the faculty in live-streamed classes to engage in a discussion about participants’ experience, ideas, and questions.

Having a two decade background in both personal and leadership development, including courses offered by Harvard, MIT, Purdue and Oxford Leadership Academy prior to my completion of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA , I was curious to experience how this invaluable framework and perspective toward leadership would be presented. I am very impressed with the online program on Personal Leadership. The program format and platform exceeded my expectations. Delight to watch and learn from Hitendra – Bravo!
— Dwight Gaudet, Principal, Strategic Sustainability and Leadership

Program Dates

Spring Session: February 11, 2015 - April 22, 2015

Program Design

Personal Leadership (Online) is offered in three versions:



  • 10-week, 16-session journey through the Five Pillars of Personal Leadership: Purpose, Wisdom, Self-Awareness, Love and Growth 
  • Two Live-stream Sessions with Professor Hitendra Wadhwa with live chat/Q&A
  • Opportunity to connect and collaborate with a global community of executives
  • Access to the Personal Leadership toolkit – frameworks, templates, tools, Great Leader studies and more
  • Certificate from Columbia Business School Executive Education and Institute for Personal Leadership


TUITION: $1989

The Executive Edition is most suitable for participants who are keen to go beyond the Essentials experience to a) gain extended and on-the-go access to the program content, and b) deep-dive into and apply Personal Leadership insights and lessons through exclusive access to three film-based modules.

Everything you get in the Essentials Edition, plus:

  • Extended access (for 12 months) to the Online Classroom (including the full library of videos and discussions/reflections) 
  • On-the-go access to the full library of videos on mobile devices 
  • Additional modules where you get to watch three inspiring films that have a strong Personal Leadership theme. Prof. Wadhwa will help you extract key insights and lessons from these movies that you can implement in life and leadership.  


TUITION: $2989

The Premium Edition is meant for executives who are keen to get expert coaching and guidance on their specific goals, aspirations and challenges.  Your coach will help you make purposeful change in your personal and professional life by applying insights and tools from Personal Leadership.

Everything you get in the Executive Edition, plus:

Two 1:1 live coaching sessions (45 minutes each) with an IPL coach. Your coach will help you apply Personal Leadership insights and tools to help you pursue purposeful change in your career and life. 


For me the best part of the Personal Leadership program was the Executive Coaching. My coach helped me examine my career plan and plot strategies to achieve my goals.
— Wilfredo Lassale, Portfolio Manager, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield