Bio (Paul Mohapel)

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Paul Mohapel

Paul Mohapel


Associate Faculty


Continuing Studies, Leadership


Paul Mohapel began his career as a neuroscientist, and while working in Sweden he had an epiphany that inspired him to leave science and move towards leadership. Today, he uses his knowledge of the brain, psychology and leadership to consult, facilitate and educate with organizations. Mohapel believes that effective leadership requires a holistic approach that requires emotional, spiritual, social and systemic thinking skills. His research interests include the biological and social underpinnings of leadership. Both, as an educator and a facilitator, he takes this holistic approach so that learners can connect more deeply with the content.


Mohapel works with a wide array of clients, ranging from private corporations to health care, to build greater leadership capacity. He has taught at the postgraduate level for 17 years. In addition to teaching at Royal Roads, Mohapel is a faculty for the Canadian Medical Association, both designing and facilitating workshops for physicians. His areas of expertise include emotional intelligence, mindfulness, engagement, interpersonal communication, team processes, talent management, strength-based leadership, and curriculum and research design.


Mohapel holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Victoria and a Master’s in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. He also holds a master’s of science and a bachelor of science in psychology from Carleton University. He is a certified facilitator in the following: Bar-On EQ-I; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; Insights Discovery; Instructional Skills Workshop; Problem-Based Learning; and Team Building. He has won the following awards: European Union Operating Research Grant ($800,000); Lund Foundation Research Award ($50,000); NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship ($70,000); and Ontario Graduate Teaching Fellowship ($12,000).