Our immersive, intensive, and highly-interactive two week-long cohort program focuses on key attributes and competencies such as vision, integrity, resilience, emotional intelligence, psychological safety, and stakeholder alignment. The emphasis is on practical knowledge and experiences that enable participants to immediately apply the lessons they learn.

The Learning Experience:


Leadership assessments help participants understand and utilize their areas of strength and where they might improve.

Class Instruction

Relevant and practical case studies, large-and small-group discussions, and learning activities are designed to deepen understanding and facilitate application.


Participants spend time in the Leadership Simulation Center, an advanced learning environment where leaders immediately demonstrate new competencies and receive constructive peer feedback.


The course is held at the inspiring Intermountain Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center in Murray, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. This state-of-the-art building, with commanding views of the stunning Wasatch Mountains, was carefully designed to foster an environment of collaborative learning, simulation, reflection, and imagination.


Leaders of the Institute are available for consultation and ongoing coaching and mentoring during and after the cohort.


Joseph Horton, MHA, professor at the University of Michigan and the University of Utah, teaches about principled leadership.

Session Topics:

  • Values and Self-Awareness: From Purpose to Legacy
    Understanding the importance of behavior awareness. Exploring espoused vs. enacted values.
  • Developing a Trusted Leadership Brand
    Applying classic branding principles to define an authentic and trusted personal leadership brand to expand one’s positive influence.
  • The Neuroscience of Optimal Leadership
    What good sleep, moderate stress, and positive emotion can teach us about leading and living well.
  • Emotional and Social Intelligence
    Understanding and acting upon individual participant results from Emotional and Social Competency Inventory and other personal assessments.
  • Principle-Based Leadership
    Creating and applying a leadership philosophy with defining principles and values.
  • Emotional Agility
    The gift and power of emotional courage. 
  • Leadership that Unites Divergent Stakeholders
    Finding common ground and uniting shared purpose to bring together seemingly dissonant stakeholders.
  • Learning from Setbacks
    Failures and losses can be sources of great wisdom, insight, connection and credibility, and provide opportunities to discover new power and resilience.
  • Creating a Positive Culture and Effective Teams
    Creating a positive culture of psychological safety and developing high performing teams that enable innovation and successful execution of strategy.
  • Mind and Heart: Tools for Effective Communication
    A simulation of applied communication techniques to build a reputation as a trusted ethical leader.
  • Ethical Decision Making in Healthcare Leadership
    Exploring a framework for engaging with the ethical dimensions of difficult decisions in healthcare.
  • Courageous Conversations
    The latest in concepts, skills, and job aids to improve the experience of and outcomes from our most challenging conversations.
  • Leading Amidst Ambiguity
    Interactive case study discussing courage in leadership.

*Curriculum and faculty are subject to change.