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 challenges: perhaps 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 position of leadership.

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 continual introspection to learn and grow as a leader; or
  • Wishes to make meaningful change professionally and personally.

Three online assessments

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


September 14, 2020 - October 25, 2020


6 weeks

  • Accessible via desktop or tablets
  • Facilitation, guidance and feedback
  • Cohort structure, featuring interaction with peers from across the country via discussion forums and webinars

Please note: you must have a cma.ca account to access our learning management system. Create one here.

Computer requirements

Maximum class size
30 participants
Faculty Team
Academic Degree


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