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Developing Your Inner Core Executive Program

Critical Dates

Fall 2017: Sept. 11, 2017 to Dec. 3, 2017
Spring 2018: Jan 29, 2018 to Mar. 11, 2018
Summer 2018: May 21, 2018 - July 1, 2018
Fall 2018: Sep. 10, 2018 - Oct. 21, 2018

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We admire great leaders for their purposeful outer journey.  But these leaders have engaged in an equally purposeful inner journey, where they have assiduously searched for answers to the following questions:  What are my values, and what is my purpose?  How can I align my life and leadership with my values and purpose? What is the right identity for me to embrace – who am I?  How should I cultivate the confidence I need in the face of pressure, criticism and failure?  How can I be true to my self even when the world isn’t aligned with me?

Developing Your Inner Core invites you to take the journey of a lifetime, to strengthen your relationship with the most crucial person in your life: your own self. You will learn how to operate more authentically, articulate your values and align your behavior with these values, forge your life purpose, establish a personal scorecard, build self-confidence, cultivate a winning self-identity, and fortify your wellbeing from the ebbs and flows of life and leadership.

By crystallizing your sense of self, anchoring you from within, and establishing your life direction, Developing Your Inner Core will give you the inner clarity, direction, and strength you need to live and lead in a complex, uncertain, ever-changing world.

What You Will Learn

Part I: How to be True to Yourself

Operate with a natural force of character, anchored in your true self

  • The barriers that limit us from operating authentically
  • 5-stage path to authenticity in life and leadership
  • How to cultivate self-confidence from the inside-out
  • Inner vs. outer scorecard in life and leadership; the winning scorecard
Part II: Goals, Values, and Purpose

Establish an inner polestar for life and leadership

  • Powerful - and surprising - scientific findings on our pursuit of happiness
  • How to define your values and close the gap between your values and your behavior
  • 6 stages in pursuing purpose
  • 10 principles for a purpose-driven life
  • Reflections to help you define your purpose
Part III: Self-Realization

Cultivate inner strength, focus, and clarity - and realize who you truly are

  • How social stereotypes affect your self-identity – and how your self-identity influences your performance
  • How to redefine your self-identity to maximize your potential
  • The benefits – and costs – of high self esteem
  • The winning path to self-esteem
  • Scientifically validated benefits of meditation
  • Why meditation is critical to a leader’s arsenal
  • Building a personal meditation practice

Developing Your Inner Core Executive Program

Course Info

This Columbia-IPL Executive Program allows you, over a 12-week timeframe, to build a broader personal leadership competency.

  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Time Required: 3 hours per week
  • Self-paced, high-quality video lectures
  • Online reflections and discussion
  • Opportunity to interact with a global community of executive participants
  • IPL's proprietary myPL mobile learning platform for convenient on-the-go access
  • Certificate of Completion (Executive Program) from the Institute for Personal Leadership & Columbia Business School Executive Education.
  • One day of credit toward a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits from Columbia Business School.
  • Access to the IPL toolbox tools, templates, and frameworks


Personal Leadership & Success is based on IPL's scientific learning system, integrating breakthrough research in psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, sociology, medicine and psychotherapy, a rigorous study of great leaders and organizations, and a practical toolkit to drive tangible improvement in your personal leadership skills.


This online course is taught by Professor Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and Founder of the Institute for Personal Leadership. You can read his bio on the on the Founder’s page.

Developing Your Inner Core Executive Program

Who It is For

The Developing Your Inner Core program is designed for executives of all levels who are looking for practical techniques to acquire the inner clarity, direction, and strength they need to live and lead in a complex, uncertain, ever-changing world.

Developing Your Inner Core Master Classes

How to be True to Yourself

We admire people who live and lead with authenticity, self-confidence, and clarity of purpose. Yet most of us, from time to time, struggle to operate with self-confidence, to giving full expression to our values, feelings, thoughts, and motivations, or to balance our personal goals with our commitments to others.

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We often forget to nurture the most important relationship in our life – the relationship with our own self.  Self-Realization is the discipline that helps you develop not simply a deeper understanding but a realization of your true self.

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Goals, Values & Purpose

Purpose and values are the foundation for great leadership and for pursing a life well lived. They illuminate our life journey by giving us direction, clarity, and meaning. But rarely do we step back to explore the hard questions that are at the core of pursuing a purpose-driven life.

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Begin your journey of a lifetime to become a more authentic leader in both your personal and professional relationships!