Short Course in Positive Leadership

Imagine having the tools to build a culture in which people act less in self-interest and more towards the common good; are less cynical of other people's motives and more kind, helpful and grateful; feel less threatened and resistant to change and more excited by new opportunities; and focus less on complaining and more on building high-quality collaborative connections.

The good news is that there is an extensive well-researched body of evidence that provides leaders who are learners with clear knowledge and practical strategies to create such a positive culture. Drawing from the interrelated fields of positive organisational scholarship, applied positive psychology, contemporary leadership theory, neuroscience and more, these understandings and tools can be synthesised as the science of Positive Leadership.

Evidence-based learning

Positive Leadership is the daily skilled application of evidence-based principles and practices to intentionally create a positively energised work environment in which all members feel connected, trusted, and motivated to lead from where they are, thereby collectively contributing to continuous organisational learning and improvement. Positive leaders proactively cultivate a positive climate, magnify positive meaning, engage in positive communication and build positive relationships to provide the contexts in which the wellbeing, performance and leadership capacity of their people are optimised.

In the Short Course in Positive Leadership, Robert Ritchie, founder of Positive Difference, shares this science with you in a highly engaging course conducted face-to-face over two full days. In addition, all participants will complete two strengths-identification surveys prior to the course, and these will be debriefed during the course. Specifically, you will become competent in the application of the VIA Institute's Values-in-Action Character Strengths survey and the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology's Expert Strengths Profile.

Learning outcomes

Through training in Positive Leadership, you will gain a stronger sense of the authentic you as a leader, and knowledge and skills to immediately apply strategies to:

Be assured that Positive Leadership is not about being soft or naïve to the harsh realities of organisational life. Rather, it is precisely because organisations are fraught with challenges, and because change to produce significant improvement is so difficult, that positive leaders are needed now more than ever. Positive leaders aim not just to create positive emotions in people, but to dramatically impact organisational performance for the better, and they do so through research-validated strategies that require effort, elevated standards, and a high degree of competence.

At the completion of the course, you can expect to be well equipped with exciting new knowledge, empowering practical strategies, and an invigorated sense of purpose and passion as a positive leader.

Participation in this course is highly recommended for:

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Calendar (2020)

Course venues

Our course venues have been carefully selected to provide you with a premium professional development experience - to optimise your engagement and learning and, simply, to ensure you have a great time! Combine one or two of our courses with our discounted accommodation rates in some of Australia and New Zealand's most iconic hotels, and return to work with renewed energy and purpose.

Distinction Christchurch Hotel
14 Cathedral Square, Christchurch
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Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges
46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle
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Holiday Inn Parramatta
18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta
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NEXT Hotel Brisbane
72 Queen Street, Brisbane
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Stamford Plaza Melbourne
111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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W Brisbane
81 North Quay, Brisbane
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Course organisation

Module 1: Foundations of Positive Leadership

Module 2: Promoting positive climate

Module 3: Magnifying positive meaning

Module 4: Practising positive communication

Module 5: Developing positive relationships

Module 6: Strengths-based Leadership

Module 7: Strengths Profile debrief

Module 8: Mindful Leadership

Course structure

The course is delivered over two consecutive days from 8:30am - 4:30pm each day.

Day 1

Day 2

Course presenter

The course is presented by Robert Ritchie.

Rob founded Positive Difference with the mission to deliver comprehensive, research-validated training to optimise individual and organisational wellbeing, performance and leadership capacity. Through Positive Difference, Rob has helped hundreds of people do good better.

Rob's strengths are his capacity to see the big picture to draw connections between research fields; synthesise complex research findings into clearly structured frameworks and immediately applicable actions; and share this knowledge in a warm, inspiring and highly engaging way. His VIA signature strengths are perspective, judgement, honesty, creativity and humour.

Rob holds a Master of Education degree, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. He is also an accredited practitioner of CAPP's Strengths Profile.

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Robert Ritchie

Course photos

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Course fee and inclusions

Course fee

Country Price
Australia (AUD) $1,149
New Zealand (NZD) $1,149

Recognition of learning

A Certificate of Positive Leadership will be awarded at the end of Day Two.

The course offers 12 hours of professional development in Positive Leadership. Additional hours may be claimable for:

NSW Government

Completing this course will contribute 12 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Ongoing support

Participants will be provided with 6 months access to a Professional Development Library containing resources to consolidate and extend their knowledge of the course content, and to use for training purposes within their organisation. These resources include:

Other inclusions

Our recommendation

With the Short Course in Positive Leadership, you get two days of professional training to take your leadership to the next level along with an extensive collection of supporting resources to enable you to consolidate, extend and share your new learnings.

To best increase the density of leadership capacity across your organisation, we recommend having several of your high-performing people complete this course.