Learn about Inspirational Leadership University and Meet Dr. Patricia Thompson

You know you want to be a great leader, but you feel you have so much to learn before you’ll reach your full leadership potential.  


In a perfect world, you would have received in-depth training on how to lead. As opposed to being given a quick overview and then being thrown in the deep end, you would have gone through a structured program. You would have learned the ins and outs of leadership, so that you would know how to deal with the sticky situations in which you find yourself when dealing with people.  

However, like a lot of professionals, you might have received haphazard leadership training – if any at all. As a result, you’re doing your best – based on what you’ve learned on the fly. Still, you know there’s more to being an exceptional leader than what you’re currently doing. 
Or, maybe you’re doing okay with the management part of leading – ensuring that tasks get done on time, but you have a desire to embody the inspirational part of leadership. You want to truly motivate people, bring meaning into the work that they’re doing, and create a high performing team that’s operating on all cylinders. 


What if you could… 

-Have a clearly defined leadership brand that enables you to lead intentionally, as opposed to leading by default? 

-Create an environment that empowers your employees and enables them to do their best work? 

-Know exactly what to say and how to say it when you need to address poor performance, in a way that balances empathy with directness? 

 -Become a strong coach, who taps into what is important to your team members and helps them to grow and develop into the best they can be? 

-Confidently lead in a way that inspires others and gets great results…while still being your authentic self? 

How would that affect the impact you could make in your organization (and maybe even the world?)

How would that position you for greater success in your career? 

Introducing Inspirational Leadership University


The most comprehensive program for up-leveling your leadership skills and boosting your career. 

Become a Leader Who:

-Inspires, engages, and motivates others to meet and exceed goals.

-Understands yourself and others, and uses your insights to relate effectively to those around you.

-Embodies a deep sense of purpose, and creates a meaningful vision for the people who follow you.

-Creates a culture of accountability that results in high standards.

-Coaches your people in a way that helps them to thrive.

And That Results In:

-Higher Productivity: Because you and your team are working more effectively, and as a result, are knocking it outside of the park in terms of results.

-Less Frustration: Because you have the tools to reinforce great performance and address problems in a way that maintains everyone’s dignity.

-More Confidence: Because you know the strategies you are using are based on well-researched psychological principles.

-More Fun: Because you know how to create a positive environment that allows others to flourish and produce their best work.

Here’s What You’ll Learn:

Inspirational Leadership University is broken down into 6 core training modules. All course materials, including streaming videos, MP3s, worksheets, and more are included in our online student portal. It is designed to be taken over about 6 months, at the rate of about one lesson per week.

Module 1 – Self-Awareness 

Strong leadership is based on a foundation of self-awareness. If you lack a deep understanding of yourself, you’ll be setting a ceiling on how effective you can be as a leader. Therefore, in this module, you’ll dive into learning more about your personality, values, drivers, and what makes you tick.  

You’ll explore: 

-Your beliefs about leadership – and how they can bolster (or detract from) your leadership effectiveness. 

-Influences that have shaped how you approach leading people. 

-Your strengths and developmental opportunities and how your personality affects how you lead. 

-Owning being a leader, and showing up as your ideal self when working with others. 

Module 2 – Self-Management 

The best leaders are not only skillful at managing others – they are also adept at managing themselves. As a result, they can respond to situations in a way that is intentional, without being unduly influenced by non-beneficial emotions or unhelpful self-talk that can get in the way of doing the right thing. 


In this module, you’ll learn effective strategies to manage yourself including: 

-How to master your emotions, so that they can work for you, instead of against you. 

-How to build a self-care toolbox that will enable you to manage your stress and be at your best.

-How to structure your time and prioritize your work, so that you’ll be working on the right things, at the right time. 

- How to build your confidence so that you can quiet unhealthy self-doubt, and lead with a sense of self-assurance. 


Module 3 – Coaching and Developing Others 

Outstanding leaders help their teams to perform at their best by fostering their direct reports’ growth. They know how to identify and cultivate talent so that people can be free to do their best work. At the same time, they are skilled at dealing with poor performance, and providing constructive feedback. 

In this module you’ll learn: 

-A step-by-step system for delegation that will ensure crystal-clear clarity on assigned tasks and expectations. 

-Practical techniques for holding people accountable, including strategies for determining why others may not have lived up to expectations, and what to do about them. 

-How to provide feedback in a way that is helpful and constructive, while still honoring your direct report's dignity. 

-How to have career conversations with your team, and create development plans to help them to grow. 

Module 4 – General Leadership Strategies 

As an executive coach, I have spent thousands of hours working with leaders. In those private conversations, I hear about leaders’ triumphs, along with their challenges and struggles.  I have also worked with a lot of talented leaders who are competent leaders, but who want to be exceptional in their roles. Therefore, in this module, I’ll address some common areas that, once learned, help leaders to move from being good to great. 

In this module you’ll learn: 

-The research behind why employee empowerment is so important and the five pillars that are essential for building an empowerment strategy. 

-Why diversity, equity, and inclusion is good for business, and how to create a more inclusive work environment in which everyone feels welcome. 

-How to “get out of the weeds” and think more strategically, so that the work that you’re doing today leads to a successful future. 

-The value of healthy conflict, why different approaches to conflict are appropriate at different times, and how to both encourage and deal effectively with conflict. 

Module 5 – Organizational Culture 

All too often, leaders will hire the best and the brightest people, only to find that their performance is stifled by an unhealthy organizational culture. It’s been said that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” As a result, if you aren’t tending to culture, you’re going to be holding your team back from fulfilling its potential.  
To ensure that your area’s culture is top-notch, we’ll cover: 

-Psychological safety - what it is, why it’s so important, and how to create a psychologically safe culture in which people can show up as their authentic selves, support one another, and perform their best work. 

-How to make work meaningful by tapping into your own sense of purpose in your work, and helping others to do the same.  

-Leading with empathy – how to develop more compassion (even if it doesn’t come to you naturally), and how to apply that empathy to your leadership. 

-Listening – how to strengthen your listening skills so that you can learn more about your employees and what motivates them, build stronger relationships, and heighten your emotional intelligence. 

Module 6 – Tying it all Together 

Because you’ll be covering a lot of ground in this course, the last module will focus on pulling everything together so that you can thoughtfully apply what you’ve learned. Therefore, in this section, you’ll be doing a self-assessment that will enable you to create a development plan for the future and come up with your own leadership brand.

In this final module, you will:

-Finalize your leadership vision, based on all of the material that has been covered in the course.

-Develop an easy-to-remember leadership brand statement, that will enable you to keep your goals as a leader top of mind.

-Conduct a final self-assessment in all of the areas covered in the course, to determine your leadership strengths and growth areas.

Special Bonuses:

In addition to the core curriculum covered above, I'm offering additional bonus materials to ensure that you'll have all the tools to be a well-rounded leader:

Monthly Office Hours with Dr Thompson

Throughout the course, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions through the comments on each lesson itself. However, as a former university instructor, I know that office hours can be a valuable option for those who prefer an in-person style. Therefore, if you'd like to ask your question in real-time, you'll be able to attend my monthly office hours in which you can pick my brain about all things leadership and get additional help along your leadership journey.

Bonus Module #1: Holding Effective Meetings 

Meetings are often the bane of a professional's existence. In this module, you'll learn how to run effective meetings that people will actually want to attend.

Bonus Module #2: Hiring Best Practices

When you have the chance to hire a new member for your team, it can feel like both a great opportunity and an incredibly risky endeavor. In this bonus module, you'll learn strategies for hiring that will increase the odds that your next hire will be a winner.

Course Curriculum

  Lesson 1 (Self-Awareness)
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  Lesson 3 (Self-Awareness)
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  Lesson 9 (Coaching and Developing)
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  Lesson 11 (Coaching and Developing)
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  Lesson 12 - Having Career Conversations and Creating Development Plans (Coaching and Developing)
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  Lesson 13 - Quick Check-in
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  Lesson 14 - Creating an Empowerment Strategy for your Team (Big Picture Leadership Principles)
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  Lesson 15 - What you Need to Know About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Leader (Big Picture Leadership Principles)
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  Lesson 16 - Strategic Thinking (Big Picture Leadership Principles)
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  Lesson 17 - Managing Conflict (Big Picture Leadership Principles)
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  Lesson 18 - Creating a Psychologically Safe Environment (Culture)
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  Lesson 19 - Creating a Sense of Meaning for Your Team (Culture)
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  Lesson 20 - Leading With Empathy (Culture)
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  Lesson 21 - Up-leveling your listening skills (Culture)
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  Lesson 22 - Revisiting Your Leadership Vision
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  Lesson 23 - Final Self-Assessment and Action Planning
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  Final Thoughts
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(The course goes live on Sept. 29, 2020)

What Makes Inspirational Leadership University Different? 

There are other leadership course out there, but here's why Inspirational Leadership University is different:

-It will give you pragmatic scientifically-based leadership strategies that you can put into practice immediately, for a fraction of what it costs to work with an executive coach. 

-It goes beyond the surface to help you to truly get in touch with your strengths, drivers, and values, so that you can learn to lead effectively, in a way that feels authentic to you. 

-It will help you to understand the psychology of people, so that you’ll be able to tailor your style based on the unique characteristics of the different members of your team. 

-It teaches you how to create an environment that will make it easy for your team to do their best work. 

-It is taught by sought-after corporate psychologist and executive coach, Dr. Patricia Thompson, who has worked with leaders for 15 years, and whose advice has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, INC., Business Insider, Time, Wharton Business Radio, and more. 

Hello, I'm Dr. Patricia Thompson.

I’m a corporate psychologist, executive coach, and lover of all things related to leadership. Since 2004, I’ve been working with leaders of all levels, all across North America, helping them to get in touch with their strengths, shore up their areas in need of development, so that they can lead in a way that is both effective, and authentic.

Across the years, I’ve worked with clients in a variety of organizations - including The Home Depot, The United Way, Girl Scouts of America, Washington Hospital Center, SunTrust Banks, Baylor Scott & White Health, Mercer HR Consulting, The Georgia Department of Revenue, Chick-Fil-A, to name a few. 

My leadership advice has also been featured in The Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, INC., CNN, Time, Entrepreneur, Wharton Business Radio, ABC News Radio, and numerous other media outlets.

My book, “The Consummate Leader: a Holistic Guide to Inspiring Growth in Others…and in Yourself” was endorsed by leadership gurus Marshall Goldsmith and Adam Grant, along with Nadine Kaslow, the former President of the American Psychological Association. In other words, I’ve learned a lot about leadership across the years, and have made it my mission to assist others in getting great business results by learning how to connect with, and inspire others.

While I’ve worked for some great leaders during my career, like many of you, I’ve had the experience of working for some bosses who weren’t so great. And while I still performed good work underneath them (after all, I have my own standards), it was despite how they were leading, not because of it. I didn’t feel inspired by them, and even though I did okay, I didn’t perform at my peak. In working with thousands of clients across the years, I’ve seen similar outcomes – quite simply, people tend to under-perform due to poor leadership. 


On the flipside, I’ve seen people achieve amazing things when they had great bosses. They were loyal, excited, and engaged about the work. They willingly took on stretch assignments and went above and beyond for the good of the team. Work was fun and rewarding – not only for them, but also for their leader.  


In my work I’ve also seen leaders go from feeling overwhelmed, disillusioned, or self-doubting, to feeling confident and competent in their ability to work with a team. I’ve had conversations with their direct reports in which they say things like, “I couldn’t believe – my last meeting with him was actually good,” or “She’s been doing a much better job of keeping her cool – what are you guys doing in there?” The thing is, these leaders didn’t make sweeping changes to who they were at the core, instead, they learned more about leadership and began leading intentionally, instead of leading by default.  

Take this course, and you’ll learn in-depth leadership strategies that you can begin applying in the workplace today. 

Join the 25,000+ students in 142 countries who have taken Dr. Thompson's online courses!  

"Patricia Thompson’s expertise in leadership development is unparalleled."

"Patricia Thompson’s expertise in leadership development is unparalleled. Her deep knowledge in helping individuals and teams develop their skills, commitment and passion to deliver effective leadership have greatly benefited me and the organizations which I have served. Dr. Thompson is truly someone whom I admire and feel fortunate and honored to have learned from in my growth as a leader."


Healthcare Executive/Chief Information Officer 

"She has a unique talent for helping to bring important issues into focus."

“Patricia worked with me and the management team at a family owned company for several years. She is a great communicator and takes time to understand the priorities of the people she is working with. In working with her, I especially noticed her strength in helping clients who are leading through periods of change. She has a unique talent for helping to bring important issues into focus. She is also excellent at helping with leadership as it comes to decision making and managing stress while being the decision maker."

Bill Cleary

Vice-President, Wells Fargo

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Not sure if Inspirational Leadership University is for You? 

This program is NOT for everyone, so read below to see if it’s a good fit for you. 


Who Inspirational Leadership University is for: 

-Leaders who feel as though they are in over their heads. They are tired of feeling as though they’re “winging it” when it comes to leadership, and want to learn specific strategies to build a department culture and inspire their teams to better performance. 

-Leaders who realize that their “soft skills” could use some work, and are willing to self-reflect and invest time and energy into their professional development.    

-People who aspire to leadership, and want to make sure that they know a range of practical leadership fundamentals so that when the opportunity arises, they’ll be ready. 

Who Inspirational Leadership University is not for: 

-People who want an overnight solution to becoming an exceptional leader – being a great leader takes commitment and focus. My clients who achieve the best results are the ones who are willing to do the work. 

-People who are more focused on appearing to be a good leader than on actually transforming the way they lead. Regardless of what technique you apply, if you’re not motivated to actually lead from a place of deeply wanting to help your team to grow and feel connected with the work that you’re doing, this course is not the right fit for you. 


How long is the course? 
The course is self-paced, so you can take it at your own speed. However, I designed it to be taken over about a six-month period. 

Isn’t six months a long time for a course? 
The truth is, when I’m coaching someone one-on-one, six months is a pretty typical engagement. It’s not enough to know a leadership strategy – you’ve got to put it into practice. Therefore, if you go at a rate of about one lesson per week, you’ll be able to maintain momentum, while also giving yourself a chance to truly reflect on, and apply the material. 


Think of the last leadership book you read. If you’re like most people, you might have read it quickly, thought it was interesting, maybe applied a concept or two, but probably didn’t hard-wire it into your day-to-day practice. You’ll be learning a lot of content through the course, and I really want you to be able to integrate it into how you lead. Therefore, I highly recommend resisting the urge to speed through the course. 


How much of a time commitment should I expect? 
If you can commit about 90 minutes a week to the course, you should be able to get a lot of value from it. (It doesn’t have to be all in one sitting). 


What levels of leaders have you worked with? 
I have worked with leaders of all levels – from brand new leaders all the way up to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Regardless of your level of leadership, I am confident that the material in this course can help you to develop your skills and strengthen your ability to motivate others. 


If interested, can I work with you one-on-one? 
Absolutely, just reach out to me here, and we can get on a call to discuss your needs. 

I want you to be 100% confident when you enroll in Inspirational Leadership University. 

That’s why you’re protected by my 100% Risk-Free Money Back Guarantee.


Are you on the fence? Are you thinking that you’d like to try it out, but you’ve been burned by other online purchases? 
This program has the power to profoundly transform the way you lead. That’s not just marketing hype – it’s based on 15+ years of results from clients who have boosted their confidence, become outstanding leaders, and achieved their career goals. 
I know that if you do the work, you’ll get tremendous value from this program. That’s why I’m backing it with my 30-day money-back guarantee. If, after your first month in the course you decide that it’s not for you,  just let me know, and I’ll refund your money. No questions asked. 

"Patricia ...possesses both a solid foundation of psychological knowledge and an innate business-oriented mind."

"Patricia is a bright and highly talented professional who possesses both a solid foundation of psychological knowledge and an innate business-oriented mind that allows her to apply her training to improve the functioning and success of her client companies. In addition, her straight-forward, genuine style and fun sense of humor make her both a fabulous colleague and a trusted advisor to her clients."

Jessica Foster

Senior Partner, Global Practice Leader at RHR International

"She helped me break out of unhelpful mental models and address needed gaps."

"When I moved out to Silicon Valley, I was looking to make the move into an executive position. I was somewhat stuck in middle management and sought Patricia's guidance to help me learn and mature in my current role while repositioning myself for the next step. I appreciated Patricia's candor and relevant 'assignments' in-between sessions. She helped me break out of unhelpful mental models and address needed gaps.  I have since landed a VP role in a startup and am now growing a team under me."

Ebube Anizor

VP - Product, @Ditto

"Patricia helped me, and my team, break through the disfunction and barriers that hindered us."

"Early in my career and leadership journey I was lucky enough to work with Patricia. Through her brilliance as an executive coach she saw quickly (then leveraged) that which highly motivated me; a combination of pushing and pulling, highlighting strengths and deficits, sharing what others saw in me versus how I saw myself. I owe much of my successful progression as a leader to her. Later in my career, as I lead in one of the most challenging team environments in my career, Patricia helped me, and my team, break through the disfunction and barriers that hindered us. In retrospect, the gifts I appreciate most from Patricia are the time she saved me, and the relationships she helped me create (and sometimes save)."

Paul Noble, President at EZ Prints Holdings Inc.

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Testimonials from Students in My Other Courses

"”Wow” is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this course. Patricia is not only immensely clever, but impressively articulate. Her calm tone put me at ease and encouraged me to mindfully do my homework every day."

"Patricia’s lessons are incredibly practical, and they’ve made a huge difference – in my productivity, stress level, and believe it or not, in my confidence to face life’s challenges. I’m also a LOT more present for my son. I can’t recommend this course enough.”

"As someone who has recently transitioned into an executive leadership role, I have benefited from this course through a series of short lessons that enabled me to re-examine my performance and leadership behaviors with perspective, and identify ways to address my development goals. Thank you Patricia!"

The truth is, the only way to get a different result is to do things differently.

Take your first step towards becoming an exceptional leader today!