The course emphasizes this “inside out” approach to leading others by exploring the role that a person’s inner life plays in shaping their behavior, and providing insights and tools through which we can uncover and help re-sculpt the inner life of the people we lead, in order to get them to engage in the behaviors we believe are central to achieving a common objective.
The course taps two sources of wisdom:
1) Science: There is an explosion of new scientific findings on human nature in recent years, from organizational and individual psychology, psychotherapy, neuroscience, behavioral economics and sociology. We will tap this material actively.
2) Great Leaders: Great leaders through history have faced the challenge of aligning their people behind a common objective, often under highly adverse conditions – powerful enemies, internal conflict or apathy, a need for great sacrifice, limited resources and competing voices. And yet, often against all odds, they have united their people, gained their loyalty and commitment, and drawn out their best self in the pursuit of their cause. There is much we can learn from the practices they engaged in to lead others.
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...