This online leadership specialization is for anyone with a thirst to perform better — whether you are a brand-new manager, an individual contributor, a CEO, or a retiree. You will learn leading-edge performance tactics from the latest research and brightest minds: awareness, emotion regulation, calmness under pressure, motivation, goals, planning, and focus. Discover the tactics and tools you need to grow, lead a more fulfilling life, and perform at your best when it matters most.

By completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • Describe why identifying one's own strengths, core values, behavior patterns and motivations are foundational for defining personal excellence
  • Describe how knowing your core purpose, crafting a personal mission and vision help us find meaning in our lives and define personal character
  • Through an understanding of self and situational awareness, identify strategies to perform at your best when it matters most
  • Describe the importance of self-awareness and create a plan to parctice and habitualize it


  • Leading Oneself with Self-Knowledge
  • Leading Oneself with Purpose and Meaning
  • Leading Oneself with Personal Excellence

This specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (ME-EM) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The ME-EM is designed to help engineers, scientists, and technical professionals move into leadership and management roles in the engineering and technical sectors. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the ME-EM is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience. Learn more about the ME-EM program.

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