Self-Leadership is a three-day module in the Global Leader program and can also be taken as a stand-alone program.

The unique Self-Leadership program is accessible to all who are interested in a three-day private 'mental spa'. The aim is to build long-term perspectives, success, and happiness in life and grow as a human being.

The program draws from cutting edge academic research on optimal human functioning and happiness, but it is decidedly non-instructional, aiming primarily at facilitating personally relevant openings in the thinking of the participants by the participants themselves as individuals.

4.5 ECTS credits can be transferred from the Self-Leadership program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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Participants are offered a unique, intimate, and safe environment to deep dive into their own thoughts and take further steps on a journey of self-leadership through storytelling.

The program offers a respectful and dynamic platform to reflect on the bigger picture of your life, values, and innermost personal aspirations
We seek for long-term perspectives, success, and happiness in life by consciously setting aside the task-related performance mode in favor of deliberation and reflection
We build on the personal strengths of each individual, while respecting the specifics of each participant’s life, challenges, and possibilities
Growing as a leader means first growing as a human being


The Self-Leadership program is designed for anyone who aspires to grow as a human being and even as a leader.

As the module utilizes a very specific teaching method, it is best suited to those who understand that instead of interactive lectures the focus will be on personal, internal dialogue and reflections, supported by storytelling.

Contents and Schedule

Pre-module period of 2–3 weeks

Individual preparation

Three-day module

Intensive contact learning session with instructor and peers

Post-module period

Reflecting and applying the learnings

The Self-Leadership program provides a rare time and space to reflect on one’s own life, own values, and innermost personal aspirations without time pressure or immediate goals. Self-leadership is approached as a highly personal matter with potential for tremendous leverage.

The program will not be based on interaction between the instructor and the participants. The main focus will be on personal, internal dialogue and reflections – supported by lectures based on storytelling and short discussions with other participants. 

The program contains a written pre-assignment and a take-home assignment. The program is worth 4.5 ECTS credits.

Instructor: Esa Saarinen, Professor Emeritus, Aalto University

Program Fee and Registration

Program Fee

The fee for the Self-Leadership program is € 4,150 (+ VAT).

Please note that the program fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation. VAT is applicable to private persons and Finnish companies.


Register for the Self-Leadership program at the latest four weeks before the module starts.

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Other Global Leader Modules

You can choose to register for individual stand-alone Global Leader modules or take the the full Global Leader program including all four core modules and two elective modules of your choice.