Leading from Within™

In this challenging and competitive time, organizations need leaders with resiliency and character, who know who they are and who exhibit the kind of strong leadership that others will follow. Leading from WithinTM (LFW) goes beyond rote skills and process checklists to help a leader learn how. Because leadership comes from within, leaders need to examine—and clearly articulate—personal values, talents, contributions, and vision as the foundation of self-leadership.

Leading from Within examines the essence of leadership—the core questions that leaders must answer for themselves from within. Leading from Within is for all the leaders who need to examine, understand, and develop their leadership philosophy so they can become the grounded, resilient leaders that organizations in tumultuous times really need. It is for anyone seeking to understand and live their leadership philosophy. This process workshop provides leaders with tools and strategies to explore the challenges of leadership, enhance their personal effectiveness and integrity as leaders, and better enable them to lead.

Leading from Within provides the tools for examining and sharing a leadership philosophy and creating a personal vision of leadership.

Program Outcomes

Firmly rooted leadership values—integrity, commitment, and clear values—may occur naturally sometimes, but most leaders are too busy to stop and think about the inner roots of quality leadership. Leading from Within is an intense experience that resets leaders to think more deeply and commit to their values and beliefs. Leading from Within enables leaders to become the kind of leader that others want to follow by:

  • Understanding what it means to lead
  • Establishing their leadership foundation
  • Meeting their leadership challenges
  • Meeting the expectations of those they serve

Learning Approach

Leading from Within is a simple but powerful program. It is an intense one-and-a-half day experience of facing the challenges of leadership in order to realize the basis of an approach to inner leadership.

During the session, best practices in instructional design, process facilitation, and adult learning are utilized to create a dynamic learning environment, including individual reflection, small- and large-group discussions, planning, and application exercises.

The program can be enhanced by a Management Alignment session where senior leadership demonstrates support for this grounded approach. Some companies find it more effective to put the senior leadership team through Leading from Within first.

This program can be taught by a Wilson Learning facilitator or by an organization’s own leader-trained in-house professional.

Enabling Improved Performance

Leading from Within provides a strong beginning, but what follows to sustain the changed perspective and performance needs to be organic to the organization. Leading from Within strongly encourages leaders to share the Leadership Framework created in the program with their people to enhance accountability and to bring clarity of vision, values, and direction. Optimally, senior leaders who attend Leading from Within to lead by example will also share their Leadership Framework with their managers and others. In some organizations, participants’ managers schedule conversations soon after Leading from Within and at regular intervals.

To discover how we ensure learning is reinforced and applied for improved performance, read more about our Learning Journeys.


Follow-up measurement options are available, including optional knowledge tests, manager interviews, survey instruments for direct reports to document changed behavior, and more. These optional measurement tools can illustrate the difference in knowledge and observed behavior. However, the most meaningful measurement is more subtle and will be seen anecdotally over time—are the leaders better, more resilient, and more grounded in times of crisis and turmoil?


Wilson Learning will partner with your organization to measure the initial behavioral changes and business results. We will work with you to set up evaluation systems that help improve outcomes and sustain the momentum of your implementation.

To learn more about measuring the impact of learning, visit Measurement.

To view our current public workshops for this program, visit Workshops.