CFN Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership

Learn to use neuroscience to improve performance, develop leaders and drive positive change

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The CFN Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership is a six-month knowledge-based program, delivered virtually, that offers participants a solid foundation in the core concepts underpinning the rapidly evolving and developing field of NeuroLeadership. Learning is self-paced and includes weekly live debrief telecall sessions with a Ph.D. Neuroscience Professor. An additional week is structured at the end of each module for assignments and study. The program consists of four modules of five weeks each, built around the four domains of NeuroLeadership.

Program Overview



Module 1:
Making Decisions & Problem Solving


Module 2:


Module 3:
Collaborating with Others


Module 4:


What Sets the CFN Apart?

Whether you want to improve a team’s performance, help others grow, transform an organization’s strategy, drive a merger or acquisition, change how a leadership team functions or simply improve your own effectiveness, this course will make you significantly smarter about facilitating change.
You will learn the deeper neuroscience of:
  • Collaboration
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Decision-Making and Problem Solving
  • Change Facilitation
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The focus of this program is teaching neuroscience and how it interacts with leadership, making it valuable to leadership figures across numerous industries and positions. This program is suitable for internal or external organizational leaders, managers or professionals, including people involved in:
  • Leadership Development
  • HR/ Learning and Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Talent Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Change Management


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Program Structure

Participants should plan for a 3-4 hour commitment each week throughout the program to complete the following activities:

Recorded Webinars

Our CFN certification happens entirely online, so participants don't need to travel or take extensive time from their workday. A link to a recorded webinar for each week is available on the online platform under the lesson for that week.  You'll learn foundational skills about neuroscience during these webinars.


Additional Readings and Resources

Weekly lesson readings and resources are also posted on the online platform, related to each lesson. Our additional resources offer flexibility for your learning. While our webinars come with a set time, you can look at the additional reading at a time that works best for your schedule. Dive deeper into the information you learned during your weekly webinar to make the concepts stick.



Debrief Telecalls With Professor

Learning is more than webinars and reading materials. At the NeuroLeadership Institute, we let you speak directly to our professors to ask questions and solidify the concepts you learned during the week.

Participants are encouraged to attend a 45-minute telecall with a lead professor each week to debrief on the week’s lesson. Two telecall times are scheduled each week to accommodate participants from around the globe, and additional telecalls may be scheduled for higher participant volumes as required.


The Benefits of Our Neuroscience Certificate Programs

When you take advantage of the perks of coaching with neuroscience, you can:

  • - Fuel your curiosity: Our CFN certification looks at the theoretical side of neuroscience and how that may interact with leadership. You likely work with people every day — have you ever thought about what makes them tick? With psychologists and neuroscientists leading this program, you'll fuel your curiosity about human emotions, decision-making and collaboration.

  • - Strengthen your leadership: While you may have a general interest in the human brain and how it works, the skills you learn with the CFN program translate to your leadership in the workplace. Discover ways to lead more effectively with a science-backed approach.

  • - Change your perspective: If you've been in a leadership role for years, you may have settled into a routine. While your methods are effective, adding a neuroscience edge will change your perspective about what people need and how you can create a cohesive professional environment.

  • - Empower your team: Your understanding of the human brain transfers to your team. Whether it's with problem-solving or emotional regulation, every member of your team can learn to set effective habits and take charge of their professional lives. With an empowered team, you can expect long-term success.

  • - Instill change: At the NeuroLeadership Institute, we focus on facilitating insights for our students. Our knowledge-based coaching program gives you the skills you need to adapt to your environment. We don't tell you what to do. We give you the power to make your own moves and create widespread change in your workplace.

Earn Credits for Your SHRM Certification

If you're a human resources professional, we support your professional growth beyond skills development. Our CFN certification can count as credits toward a Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification. 

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Begins June 2023

Our CFN program occurs three times a year, and it's available to you wherever you are in the world. Take a look at our next workshop date and sign up today.

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What Participants Say


Professionals around the world have taken our CFN course and seen powerful changes in the way they lead their teams and approach their leadership positions. Read about their insights.

"I actually miss this course now that it’s over! I got so much out of it, and enjoyed it so much. I can only imagine how much work goes in behind the scenes to pull this together so seamlessly, so thank you and your colleagues so much for all your work on this – it’s greatly appreciated, and has made a real difference in my life – personally and professionally."

"The importance of focused attention to learning, effective emotional control, and effective social interaction and the brain work needed to develop the capacity for focused attention because the default for the brain is self-narrative via the default mode network which is the opposite of focused attention."

"The Foundations in NeuroLeadership program enabled me to convert my fascination with neuroscience into practical knowledge and tools that have improved my professional and personal interactions and my work results. I would recommend this program to those interested in science-based ways to optimize your brain capacity and the performance of others."

"This was a phenomenal program. I learned so much about how to increase learning and engagement within my organization."

"It really validated a lot of what I'd heard elsewhere from other programs and courses."

Learn More About Our Knowledge-Based Coaching Program

The NeuroLeadership Institute gives you the skills you need to become a more effective leader. Regardless of your leadership position, you will see a difference in how you empower your team. Learn more about our program by filling out the form below to speak with an educational consultant.