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Rotman Psychology of Leadership

Transform Yourself and the Way You Lead

Leadership development requires learning new skills for solving increasingly complex strategic organizational problems. The two-pronged responsibilities of the leader – reaching organizational goals and developing people in their teams - can be a difficult task, particularly when professional, personal, and global pressures compete for one’s inner resources. In this program, leaders learn steps necessary for self-development, and facilitate conditions for broader organizational development.

We start with techniques of how leaders can facilitate self-development in themselves and their teams across five domains of self: 

  1. Motivation (Prioritizing goals) 
  2. Behaviour (Preventing Burnout)
  3. Emotions (Building Resilience) 
  4. Mind/Body (Cultivating Focus and Adapting Change) 

Within each topic, we discuss how development in each part of self aligns with its organizational counterparts: 

  1. Organizational Goals 
  2. Organizational Actions
  3. Organizational Culture
  4. Organizational Narratives

Leaders will learn tools and techniques that will allow them to facilitate healthy personal and organizational development.


Apply NowNovember 9 – 10, 2023 | $5,000 CAD + HST


You will learn:

  • about the structure of the motivational system, and how to align their priorities across personal and organizational goals.  
  • how to prevent burnout and find routes to align themselves with organizational actions that they value the most.  
  • optimal emotion-management in the workplace, and how to facilitate healthy organizational culture.  
  • how to cultivate focus and develop productive organizational narratives. 


Maja Djikic

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Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management Director, Self-Development Lab

Maja Djikic, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and the Director of Self-Development Laboratory at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development. Her work examines means of developing a congruent and flexible self. She has been a post-doctoral fellow with Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at Rotman School of Management, and Psychology Department at Harvard University. She has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in the area of personality development in journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Research in Personality, Creativity Research Journal, New Ideas in Psychology, etc. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Scientific American Mind, and many other media outlets.



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Each application is reviewed by Rotman's admissions committee to ensure participants have the appropriate academic and work experience.

Participant Notification Process

If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a notice of admission within 10 days of receipt of a completed application and fee deposit.


Payments can be made online. Applicants will be redirected to a secure online payment website after completion of the application form. A deposit of 50% of the program fee is required at time of application. The balance of the program fee is due 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days before the start of the program, whichever is first. Deposits will be refunded to applicants not accepted to the program.

HPRA Seal This program has been approved for 15.5 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

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2 full days plus a one-on-one

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November 9-10, 2023
Plus a one 30 minute 1:1 with Professor Maja Djikic

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For managers and professionals who want to use science-based tools to facilitate personal and organizational self-development. For leaders who want to prioritize goals, cultivate focus, build resilience, prevent burnout and build capacity for sustainable change, both in themselves and the teams they lead.

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