Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership

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

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During our six-month Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership program (CFN), you will gain a solid foundation in the core concepts of NeuroLeadership from some of the top influential minds in psychology and neuroscience.

This virtual knowledge-based course is self-paced and includes:

Four modules across six months.
Five weeks to complete each module with an extra week for assignments and study.
Live weekly debrief with a Ph.D. neuroscience professor.

Program Overview

The four modules of the CFN Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership program are based on the field's four primary areas of study. Each module provides a different lens through which you can examine leadership development. Our four modules include:


Module 1:
Making Decisions & Problem Solving


Module 2:


Module 3:
Collaborating with Others


Module 4:


What Sets Us Apart?

Participants in our virtual CFN program have the opportunity to master the theories of NeuroLeadership from some of the top minds in the field, including psychologists and neuroscientists.

Throughout this NeuroLeadership program, you'll gain a thorough understanding of the deeper neuroscience of:
  • Collaboration
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Decision-Making and Problem-Solving
  • Change Facilitation
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Begins November, 2024

Our CFN Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership program is available to participants around the world three times each year. These courses are completely virtual, so you can participate from anywhere without having to invest in travel and time away from work.

Reserve your spot by registering for your next workshop date.

November 2024 CFN


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20% Off Early Bird price when you register before August 31st, 2024.

Program Structure

As a participant in the CFN Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership, you should expect to commit approximately 3-4 hours every week over the course of six months to work through the four modules of the program.
Each week, you'll complete the following.

Recorded Webinars

This virtual course offers participants the opportunity to learn from wherever they are without having to travel or take time away from their everyday work. To begin the week's lesson, you'll visit our online learning platform and follow the link to a prerecorded webinar.

Watching these sessions will teach you the foundational skills of neuroscience and how they interact with leadership.


Additional Readings and Resources

In addition to weekly recorded webinars, participants will also have access to reading materials and resources related to each lesson. While the recorded webinars have a set time, the additional reading materials are always available. You can access them at whatever time works best for your schedule.

These additional resources and readings will allow you to build on what you learned in your webinar, diving deeper into the concepts.


Debrief Telecalls With Professor

At the NeuroLeadership Institute, we know that effective learning requires more than weekly webinars and reading. To truly solidify your new knowledge, we encourage you to participate in a live weekly debrief virtual with our leading professors. During these 45-minute calls, you'll have the opportunity to ask any questions that may have come up during the week.

Weekly telecalls are scheduled twice per week to accommodate participants from around the world. Additional calls can be scheduled as needed for courses with high participant volumes.



Our CFN Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership program teaches participants the basics of neuroscience and how studying the brain can help with leadership. Leadership figures across various industries and positions can find value in this course, including internal and external organizational leaders, managers, and professionals.

This course may be particularly well-suited for participants involved in the following fields and professions:
  • Change Management
  • Consulting
  • Executive Coaching
  • HR/Learning and development
  • Organizational Development
  • Talent Management


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Program Benefits

By completing the CFN Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership program, you'll gain the tools to transform your workplace by applying the principles of neuroscience to coaching. The program will help you:

Fuel your curiosity: With guidance from top neuroscientists and psychologists, you'll discover new and fascinating information that fuels your curiosity. In understanding the theoretical side of neuroscience and how it interacts with leadership, you'll find a better understanding of the people you work with every day. You'll be able to discover how they tackle emotions, decision-making, and collaboration.

Strengthen your leadership: The skills you'll gain in our CFN program are directly applicable to your leadership in the workplace. You'll complete the program armed with new, more effective ways to lead with an approach backed by science.

Change your perspective: The CFN program offers leaders at every level the opportunity to gain a new perspective by understanding basic neuroscientific principles and what people need. This new methodology can help you create a cohesive professional environment for your team.

Empower your team: You can use your new skills and understanding of the human brain to empower your team to grow and give them the opportunity to take charge of their professional lives. When you encourage and empower your team, you can expect long-term success.

Instill change: Our knowledge-based coaching program focuses on facilitating insights and giving you the skills to adapt to your environment. After completing this program, you'll have the power to act as an agent of widespread change in your workplace.


Earn SHRM Credits

Human resource professionals who complete our CFN certification program gain more than just the skills learned throughout these lessons. Our program can support your professional growth by counting as credits towards your Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification.


What Participants Say


In the years since our program began, professionals from around the globe have participated and made powerful changes to the way they approach their leadership positions. Read more about their experiences and how this certificate program has helped them grow.

"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."

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Through our CFN Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership program, the NeuroLeadership Institue strives to help you develop the skills you need to become the most effective leader. Professionals in a wide range of industries and positions have benefitted from the new perspective they gain by applying neuroscience to leadership.

Learn more about this program by filling out the contact form below to get in touch with our team. You can also complete your registration online to reserve a spot for our next session.