Leadership begins with self-awareness

That which we are unaware of, we cannot change or improve. Self-awareness is the foundation of all leadership.
Course description

In your professional life, you may face many obstacles: the struggle to make meaningful change at work, clashing with certain personality types or feeling disengaged. The solutions ― all which require creativity, innovative thinking and collaboration ― must start with self-awareness.

In this Physician Leadership Institute course, you will begin to develop a profound sense of self through examining your personal vision and values, personality attributes, emotional intelligence skills and intrinsic strengths. These personal insights will help shape your leadership development plan.

Leadership begins with self-awareness is 1 of 6 core courses ― essential training for physicians interested in or engaged in a leadership position.

Expect to learn how to:

  • recognize the critical importance of personal mastery as a foundation for effective leadership;
  • achieve a more complete view of yourself as a leader with respect to personal values and principles, personality style, emotional intelligence and strengths;
  • develop strategies to harness your strengths and manage your limitations;
  • establish a professional development action plan that includes setting personal leadership goals.

Who is this course for?

Any physician who: 

  • Wants to explore their own values, purpose and actions
  • Is open to introspection in an effort to learn and grow as a leader
  • Wishes to make meaningful change professionally and personally

In-course assessments

  • Insights Discovery® personal profile
  • Bar-On EQ-i emotional intelligence self-assessment
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 inventory


Mar. 8 – Apr. 18, 2021
Sep. 20 – Oct. 31, 2021

6 weeks


  • 3-4 hours of self-led learning per week over the course of 6 weeks
  • A 1-hour live webinar every Thursday at 7:30 pm ET (sessions are recorded but we recommend live attendance whenever possible)
  • Weekly discussions in the online forums
Faculty Team
Academic Degree

Please note: you must have a cma.ca account to register and access our CMA Joule learning portal. Create one here (membership not required).


This course can be tailored and delivered in-house* to physicians and/or interdisciplinary teams at your organization, meeting or conference.

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, courses will be delivered virtually until further notice.