We have had more than 5000 participants from 75 countries - with positions ranging from CXOs, VPs to Directors in their respective organizations - participate in our programs on Personal Leadership and Driving Strategic Impact.
We are deeply inspired by the remarkable stories that these participants from the Online Programs, Columbia Business School MBA, EMBA program and the Executive Education program share with us, from time to time, on how the Institute for Personal Leadership has helped them grow and get closer to their highest potential. We offer you a sample of these stories below and hope you enjoy them as much as we have.
Personal Leadership (Online)
VP, Executive Development & Chief Learning Officer, GE
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.
CEO, Miller Companies
While the key benefit of Personal Leadership (Online) has been to help me start my ‘Personal Leadership’ journey, it’s 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.
Lauren C. States
VP, Strategy and Transformation, IBM Corporation
Personal Leadership (Online) is 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.
Personal Leadership (Online) far exceeded my expectations. I knew to expect something special, but it was far more than I imagined!
Driving Strategic Impact (Online)
Owner & CEO, Refine Marketing AB
I really liked the overall learning experience with practical cases and exercises offered in Driving Strategic Impact (Online). These concepts and method of training would be useful in the future.
CEO, SQS India Infosystems
Driving Strategic Impact (Online) is an excellent course. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and benefitted from it. Online is the best format for me given my schedule. Thanks to the superb content and the very well thought out organization of the course! The effort and energy that has gone into this is very visible, and I really appreciate it.
Principal Consultant, Green Wei International
I can't tell you how grateful I am to have joined Driving Strategic Impact (Online). The teaching is masterful and the materials covered have a systematic way of approaching problems.
Personal Leadership: The Next Chapter
Public Sector Leader, Global Business Services
The Next Chapter is transformational! It delved deeper into the insights from Personal Leadership. I enjoyed the expansive discussion and came away with more confidence in applying the lessons to everyday life. Hitendra has provided insights and tools that I will re-visit and practice for years to come.
Director/ Legal Manager, Riese & Cia S.A.
The Next Chapter has been the deepening of the Personal Leadership of last Summer 2013, when I learned a lot. After taking it, I am more aware of how (not who) I am, and how to rationalize my reactions in everyday life, both in personal and professional matters. I have learned how to calm my mind in stressful moments. All this knowledge has helped me understand people around me, my daughters, my parents, my peers, my teams.
Executive Engineer/Senior Manager, Chrysler
The Next Chapter really expands on what we have learned from the Five Pillars of Personal Leadership. The relationship between various modules also provide the big picture about the leadership. It taught me valuable lessons on how I can handle the most challenging tasks both in personal life and career by learning from the past failures. The stories from the great leaders have provided deeper understating of the lessons learned earlier and they are also supplemented by scientific research.
Partner, Finance, PricewaterhouseCoopers
The overall content was very relevant and impactful. Prof. Wadhwa did an outstanding job. The Next Chapter exceeded all my expectations. I really enjoyed the program!
Personal Leadership and Success
Executive Education Workshop at Columbia Business School
Head of Factual, BBC Scotland
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, Personal Leadership & Success uses 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.
Zone Manager, Boart Longyear
I feel that the principles of Personal Leadership as taught by Professor Wadhwa are key to excelling in one’s career and I'm amazed they are so rarely shared elsewhere. Since taking the course, 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. Specifically, I feel that through harnessing the power of Deliberate Practice (as learned in this course) I have been able to turn weaknesses into strengths and natural strengths into insurmountable competitive advantages. The concepts taught in Personal Leadership & Success, if internalized through diligent practice, can help one tap one’s personal effectiveness and self mastery no matter the circumstances. From the high-school student to the CEO—all will find their effectiveness and happiness enhanced by this course.
Investment Banker, Credit Suisse
Like every other participant in the class, I brought with me a unique set of experiences and was armed with the ability to set goals and achieve them. What the class inspired in me and my classmates was a more enlightened view that goals without purpose and a life without values will never bring total fulfillment. Personal Leadership & Success empowers you with many tools to live a purpose-driven life and will build your courage to take on the challenge of a life-long journey to improve yourself and the world around you.
Driving Strategic Impact
Executive Education Workshop at Columbia Business School
Senior Director, Pfizer
I have been in the industry for 20 years and have seen countless skills training programs - this one was head and shoulders above the rest - in both the content and the delivery.
Senior IT Manager, Pepsi Co, Inc.
Hitendra Wadhwa is an excellent teacher. Bringing framework and process into an area I perceived as more instinct and art was very helpful and enlightening.
Product Manager, Microsoft
The course was a great balance between lecture and exercises - we were able to practice what we learned immediately, which made it much less of a training and more of a workshop where you got to apply what you learned.