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Mastering Your Self 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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Despite our best intentions, we often fail to draw upon the “better angels of our nature”. We struggle with achieving work-life balance, taming our bad habits, controlling our emotions, maximizing our energy, and staying true to our personal values in social situations. And yet, we cannot rise to our highest potential in life and leadership without achieving this mastery over our inner dominion.

Mastering Your Self shows you how to maximize your outer impact in life and leadership by pursuing inner mastery. You will learn how to tame the relentless demands on your time, gain emotional mastery, unshackle yourself from bad habits by cultivating self-discipline, maximize your energy, restructure your social environment, and optimize your nutrition.

While you do not have 100% control over your outer environment, there are choices you make every day that affect your performance, relationships, health, and happiness. Mastering Your Self enhances your awareness of these everyday inner and outer choices – in behaviors, thoughts, and emotions – and then equips you with practical techniques for reshaping these choices so you can direct your energy in the best possible way in the service of your highest aspirations.

Mastering Your Self will reveal to you how the path to success – to high performance and happiness – is as much about mastering your inner forces as it is about mastering the outer.

What You Will Learn

Part I: Mastering Emotions

Gain mastery over anger, anxiety, pessimism, stress, and other emotions

  • Latest scientific findings on the costs and benefits of key emotions: anger, anxiety, and optimism.
  • What science and great leaders can teach us about the optimal state of each emotion
  • Practical tools for gaining emotional mastery by changing your behaviors and changing your thoughts
  • 10 mental distortions that get us in trouble; practical techniques for untwisting your thinking
Part II: Self-Management

Cultivate self-discipline, tame time, and pursue intentional change

  • The three levers for maximizing your productivity
  • 10 principles for managing time by managing your self
  • Tools to help you work smarter, not work harder
  • Latest scientific findings on how self-discipline shapes your success in life and leadership
  • Scientifically validated techniques for cultivating self-discipline
  • How your thoughts and imagination affect your performance
  • Using affirmations and visualization to boost your performance
Part III: Operating at Full Potential

Create the physical and social conditions that allow you to operate at full potential

  • Latest findings from sociology, psychology, and neuroscience on how your social interactions subconsciously influence your character, personality, happiness, performance and behavior
  • Practical techniques for redesigning your social environment to allow you to operate at full potential
  • How your body produces energy, and how your everyday habits affect your energy levels
  • Scientifically established best practices for managing your energy levels
  • Modern-day myths about health and diet – and how they can get you in trouble
  • Practical guidance on transitioning toward an ideal diet

Mastering Your Self 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


Mastering Your Self  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.

Mastering Your Self Executive Program

Who It is For

The Mastering Your Self program is designed for executives of all levels who are looking for practical techniques to master their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors so they can direct their energy in the best possible way in the service of their highest aspirations.

Mastering Your Self Master Classes

Mastering Emotions

Research in psychology and organizational science has delivered a clear verdict – mastering our emotions is key to success in life and leadership.

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Operating at Full Potential

Despite our best intentions and effort, we stumble from time to time into significant physical and social impediments that limit us from operating at 100 percent.

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Self Management

Even with the best of intentions, we often find ourselves struggling to pursue our priorities in life and leadership.

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