Courses: Science of Self

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?

IPL-Columbia's Science of Self curriculum invites you on a powerful journey toward mastering your self and establishing the inner foundation for pursuing success in life and leadership.  You will gain an understanding of the key elements of your inner environment – goals, values, purpose, mindsets, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, motivations and habits. You will learn how these inner forces influence your behavior, happiness, relationships and performance, and you will acquire practical tools for mastering your inner environment to help you pursue success in life and leadership.

Leading organizations that have tapped IPL to provide Science of Self training to their executives include GE, HPE, Citibank, SAP, Thomson Reuters, Bayer, Hitachi, Godrej Group and Nordea Bank. 

Science of Self consists of 3 personal leadership competencies; each competency in turn consists of 3 personal leadership skills.

If you would like to fully master a Science of Self competency, we invite you to take the associated IPL-Columbia Executive Program.  If you would like to train yourself in one of the 3 skills associated with a Science of Self competency, we invite you to take the associated IPL-Columbia Master Class. 

Executive programs

Character building begins in our infancy and continues till death…It seems to me that one is forced to make inner and outer adjustments all one’s life. The process never ends.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

master classes

I’ve enjoyed every moment of the [Science of Self classes.] They were enlightening, invigorating and informative. The impact of these classes was truly profound, and has repositioned me to live a very different life going forward based on all the insights and tools provided. The depth of insight has given me tangible thoughts and methods to live my best life on my terms, under my control!
— Lauren States, VP, Strategy & Transformation, IBM Corporation
Lauren States

Lauren States

Rob Miller

Rob Miller

While the key benefit has been to help me start my ‘Personal Leadership’ journey, the [Science of Self classes] have also had a positive effect on my relationships at home. My wife and I have both enjoyed discussing key science and anecdotes from the course.
— Rob Miller, CEO, Miller Companies

My instincts as a documentary filmmaker lead me towards being able to establish the facts, search out the truth in a situation. Over the years I have trained myself to detect woolly thinking and be suspicious of the so-called “soft” side of management. In contrast, IPL’s [Science of Self Master Classes] use science, logic, clinical practice, neuroscience and a hefty dose of humanity to give participants a toolkit that will help them see more clearly why, as a leader, you sometimes come unstuck and what techniques can help you do something about it. It only takes one snap of the synapses to realise that if you can understand your own flaws and development areas and be given ways to work with them, that your human instinct is to share those solutions with your own team. This is the true genius of this course. For every single participant in this course there will be a better manager and dozens, hundreds of people who will ultimately also benefit.
— Andrea Miller, Head of Factual, BBC Scotland
Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller

I feel that the principles taught by Professor Wadhwa in the [Science of Self Master Classes] are key to excelling in one’s career and I’m amazed they are so rarely shared elsewhere. Since taking these classes, I have been able to manage my time more effectively, make better use of feedback and coaching, and maintain my optimism in the face of adversity and stressful situations. From the high-school student to the CEO—all will find their effectiveness and happiness enhanced by these courses.
— Matthew Burton, Zone Manager, Boart Longyear