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McCourt School of Public Policy

The Leader's Mindset

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o lead others we must first lead ourselves. This requires understanding how we think, our belief structure and then with the help of others analyzing if those thought patterns are supporting our leadership goals or not. Unlearning these patterns to learn new ones doesn’t have to take a lifetime, but it does have to start somewhere and requires ongoing support.

In this interactive and introspective workshop students will reflect on their values and beliefs around leading other people and the world around them. They will be presented to a series of concepts to help them choose and develop mindsets that are aligned with the context of our time. We will draw on resources from the work of Carol Dweck at Stanford University, Otto Scharmer at MIT and others.

Course Goals

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

Analyze the neurological mechanisms of how we respond to uncertainty and complexity;

Generate greater insight into to how people’s mindset impacts their ability to lead;

Understand the need to go beyond one’s comfort zone to grow as a leader; and

Explain how their inner narrative impacts their decision-making ability.

Who should attend

This course is for leaders in any public or private institution that feel stuck and know there are more efficient ways to achieve results with their teams. This could be:

  • Government employees doing herculean efforts navigating the bureaucracy of the system;
  • Managers at companies interested improving their bottom line while keeping employee morale high;
  • Professionals at non-profit wanting to channel their organization’s sense of purpose into new initiatives that generate high impact and revenue.


Andres Marquez-Lara is the Founder and President of Promethean Community, LLC, a social enterprise devoted to the facilitation of systemic change in Latin America and the Caribbean. His company designs interactive workshops for community and organizational leaders that strengthen and leverage col...