Some of our most crucial skills in life have to do with how
well we can manage our internal environment – our mindsets, emotions, and
positive and negative drives – under ever-changing external circumstances. How quickly can we rebound from setbacks to
execute our roles with renewed enthusiasm?
How well do we direct our lives based on goals and values? Can we stay calm and focused in the face of
intense work pressure? How can we
cultivate a winner’s mindset that will allow us to perform at our optimum all
the time? What does it take to
successfully execute a “change program” in our lives? Personal Leadership integrates three sources
of insight on mastering one’s inner environment – (a) Recent Scientific
Advances (from psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive behavior therapy), (b)
Inner Lives of Great Achievers (such as Lincoln, Gandhi, Mandela, Churchill,
Martin Luther King, and Michael Jordan) and (c) Personal Reflections and
Students will be required to do around 16 hours of online
work in this course – most of this will be pre-work to be completed in advance
of our first day. This includes viewing
Personal Leadership videos, and engaging in online reflection/discussion with classmates. PLS Online was launched in Spring 2013 and
students have universally responded positively to this approach of
"flipping" the classroom, giving us more time in class for group
discussions and personal integration work.
Note: There will be
an offsite retreat that all students will be required to attend as part of the
course (Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 9). The cost for the retreat is an
additional fee of $400 for a shared room. The $400 fee is non-refundable.
Professor of Professional Practice
Hitendra Wadhwa is Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and founder of the Institute for Personal Leadership (IPL). He teaches Columbia's most popular MBA leadership class on Personal Leadership & Success. He also teaches MBA and Executive Education programs on Driving Strategic Impact and Leading from...