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Leading With the Brain in Mind - ONLINE

Understanding the brain can positively impact how we lead ourselves and others. This course is designed for managers wishing to increase their effectiveness by bridging the gap between brain research, human behavior, and 21st-century leadership. The new normal and increased workplace pressures are challenging cognitive capacity, and leaders need to take action to fuel and protect the human brain—our personal leadership supercomputer. Harnessing insights from cognitive science, students will learn how to solve common management challenges such as trust, inclusion, collaboration, focus, change agility, and well-being. The knowledge gained by students from this 4-week online course will support their personal and organizational leadership strategies and impact.
Facilitator: Sandra McDowell
For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies

Students will be asked to draw from their experience and learning to inform weekly discussion forums and online break-out room discussions on how insights from cognitive science can be applied to improve trust, focus, mental health, and the ways in which the brain can adapt (neuroplasticity).

Learning Outcomes:
Through this course, students will learn how to:

  • lead with the brain in mind
  • foster trust, inclusion, and collaboration
  • minimize threats that get in the way of performance
  • increase focus and retention of information
  • strengthen mental health and resilience
  • increase change readiness and agility


  1. Trust and Collaboration
  2. Focus and Performance
  3. Brain Health and Resilience
  4. Change Readiness and Agility

Learner Effort:
3 hours per week

Delivery Method:

Synchronous Sessions:
While the majority of this course is delivered asynchronously, there will be weekly one-hour webinars on Wednesdays at 4pm PST.

Computer Requirements:
A week prior to the course start date you will receive an email from us with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: