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Build Trust and Grow your Self-Confidence

Use the Savoir-Relier method to build your self-confidence and learn techniques to foster positive interpersonal relationships.

  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Learn how trusting relationships are the key to successful, confident leadership

On this second course in Valerie Gauthier’s Leading With Sense ExpertTrack, you’ll identify and develop the skills required to grow positive interpersonal relationships . You’ll focus on using your five senses when interacting with others in order to create a constructive environment for a relationship to grow.

Unlock the secret to building trust in interpersonal relationships

Human beings are relational beings, and good relationships with others directly contribute to individual wellbeing and success. Trust is particularly important when it comes to leading a team.

On this course, you’ll learn how to build trustworthy relationships and find the courage and self-confidence to share your perspective with others.

You’ll discover the skills required for building trust, and learn how to use an exercise called the DUO to adopt the mindset needed to build trustworthy relationships.

Grow your self-confidence through sharing with others

In order to build trust, it’s vital to share parts of yourself. This requires inner strength and courage to share your vulnerabilities with different people.

Under the guidance of Professor Gauthier, you’ll learn how to improve your self-confidence and find the courage to share.

Using the Savoir-Relier leadership method, you’ll understand the importance of listening and appreciating other viewpoints and seeing yourself through the eyes and feedback of others.

Discover leadership development training with Professor Valérie Gauthier

This course is created and delivered by renowned author, academic, and linguist, Valérie Gauthier.

Professor Gauthier has been teaching courses at HEC Paris, NYU Stern and MIT Sloan, and built multiple relational communication and leadership development courses.


  • Week 1

    Premises of Genuine Dialogue

    • Course Introduction

      Introductory steps to communicate on this course objectives and activities.

    • Opening up to others

      Understanding ourselves to better understand others.

  • Week 2

    The Key to Effective Communication

    • Getting down your ladder

      Learn how to use the ladder of inference and take part in a role play exercise.

  • Week 3

    Your First DUO

    • Just DUO it!

      Deep dive into the DUO exercise and experience an open and judgment-free dialogue with a fellow learner.

  • Week 4

    The Characteristics of a Leader

    • The Leap of Trust

      Connecting with others and with oneself.

    • Course wrap-up

      Take a step back to access and realize what you have learned and what is yet to come.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the foundations of interpersonal relations and dialogue
  • Explore open and sincere sharing
  • Develop empathy
  • Develop relational competence
  • Develop interpersonal trust
  • Improve your understanding of yourself
  • Improve self-confidence

Who is the course for?

This course is open to anyone interested in developing the core skills required to grow positive interpersonal relationships.

No specific leadership experience is required as the course asks you to draw from your own personal experiences and interactions with others.

What software or tools do you need?

This course requires group interactions. For this we provide access to a safe and secure external tool free of charge for every learner and accessible by smartphone or computer.

Who will you learn with?

PhD, Leadership Professor at HEC, founder and author of Savoir-Relier

Who developed the course?


Savoir-Relier, crafting relationships Learn to build quality relationships and increase your self-confidence.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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