Personal Foundations of Successful Leadership

In the complex context of today’s global work environment and marketplace, leadership demands high levels of personal mastery far beyond what was required of earlier generations.

In this course, we provide an integrated holistic approach to the personal and interpersonal work required for individual, group and organizational effectiveness. The goal of this course is to help you identify the underlying causes of behaviour that blocks successful leadership performance and to understand how the way in which you behave and relate to yourself and others is crucial to your effectiveness.

You’ll engage in a rich journey of self-exploration that will enable you to access your full potential by increasing self-awareness and self-determination. Through the application of neuroscience, brief presentations, experiential activities, group discussion, and skills practice, you’ll leave the program with a deeper understanding of yourself and others, and with a leadership development plan you can put to use immediately.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Indy Batth $1655.00 12 -

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and address habitual thinking, behaviour patterns and potential blind spots
  • Recognize hard-wired patterns and rigid thinking, and shift from reactivity to responsiveness
  • Strengthen self-regard and self-compassion for self and others
  • Identify the elements that increase self-esteem and productivity in yourself and others
  • Develop the capacity to choose how to respond in difficult circumstances
  • Develop resiliency and practices that support leadership growth
  • Apply new insights and skills to support your own growth as a leader and to develop others’ effectiveness, including giving and receiving feedback

How will I learn?

  • Advance readings
  • Individual and group exercises
  • Group discussion
  • Reflection exercises
  • Assignments

Who should take this course?

We've designed this course for professionals preparing for a senior leadership position or executive leaders who want to increase their effectiveness at work, advance their careers and strengthen their organizations. 

How will I be evaluated?

You will be evaluated based on your class participation, in-class assignments and a post-class assignment directly related to your professional practice. 

Textbooks and learning materials

There are no required textbooks for this course.

Technical information

For our online offerings, you will access courses through Canvas, our online learning management system, which is available through the SFU website. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an internet connection. 

You may log into Canvas beginning on the first day of the course. For a list of Canvas-supported operating systems and web browsers, visit our supported web browsers page.

To learn more about Canvas, visit the SFU Canvas Student Guide.

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