Program Overview

Authentic leaders from Naropa University are comfortable with complexity. They look for opportunities to partner with individuals and groups to address organizational, societal and environmental issues. Authentic leaders foster innovation and help discover unique and creative solutions to questions. The qualities of authentic leadership are not only developed and honed through experience, but from exposure to new ideas and approaches through continuing study and practice. Authentic Leadership's blended learning format encourages deep, personal learning, fast assimilation of conceptual models and practical application to the workplace.

The program offers students a transformative learning experience integrating the best of Western leadership practices with the wisdom of Eastern contemplative traditions. Students will have online interaction with instructors during sixteen weeks of Internet-based instruction, two five-day onsite seminars in Boulder, Colorado, five individual sessions with professional leadership coaches, action-learning projects in the workplace, and teleconferences with coaches and colleagues.

Some benefits of the program increase students effectiveness with organizational issues, find well-being and meaning in students work, gain skills and confidence in leading change, energize and empower their employees, and balance work and life commitments. Topics include authenticity, self-reflection and personal mastery, skillful conversation and conflict resolution, collaboration, decision making and teamwork, power, influence and empowerment, and leading organizational change.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    In 1974, Naropa Institute, which would later become Naropa University, was founded. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa is a private, not-for-profit university. The universities founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was born in Tibet and created Naropa with the goal to create a university that would combine contemplative studies with traditional Western scholastic and artistic disciplines. Today, Naropa University is a recognized leader in contemplative education and teaches professional and personal growth, intellectual development, and contemplative practice through its undergraduate and graduate programs. Through these teachings, Naropa strives to educate its students’ minds, but students as a whole. This is done by cultivating academic excellence and contemplative insight in order to infuse knowledge with wisdom. Naropa University is the first fully accredited Buddhist-inspired University in the United States.

    Naropa offers residential bachelor's and master's degree programs in liberal arts subjects, as well as low-residency graduate-level degree programs.


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