Short Course in Positive Leadership

In the highly challenging environment that typifies today’s complex organisations, it is more important than ever that leaders at all levels adopt a learning disposition to remain current in the research-validated strategies that form the foundations of effective leadership practice.

In a nutshell, Positive Leadership is the practised daily application of the evidence-based principles and strategies of Positive Psychology and Positive Organisational Scholarship to intentionally provide the contexts in which the wellbeing, performance and leadership capacity of one’s people are optimised in an environment that facilitates continuous organisational learning for sustainable improvement through innovative adaption to change.

To paraphrase lead researcher Kim Cameron, 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.

Evidence-based practice

Conducted over two energising days, the Short Course in Positive Leadership will both affirm and challenge you as you reflect upon how you can become a more positively effective leader. Together, we will explore and evaluate:

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.

Strengths-based Leadership

Each participant will complete the Strengths Profile as pre-course work, and the results will be debriefed on Day Two, providing insights into the strategic value of this tool in elevating energy and vitality in the workplace. You will learn how to debrief the Strengths Profile, you will be debriefed by a fellow participant, and you will conduct a debrief – to build your competence and confidence to introduce this leading tool into your organisation.

This strengths identification and management tool measures strengths on the three dimensions of performance, use, and energy, and assigns 60 strengths over four quadrants. It is the only strengths instrument to measure the most important of these dimensions – energy. To maximise productivity, it is critical that people have the greatest opportunity to use the strengths that light them up!

In addition, all participants will actively engage with the Values-in-Action (VIA) Character Strengths identification tool, an invaluable component of Positive Psychology practices in many organisations worldwide.

Mindful Leadership

Through the new paradigm of Mindful Leadership, you will be introduced to the power of mindful practices to enhance attentional control and emotional intelligence, and effectively lead change.

Participation in this course is highly recommended for:

Course feedback

Calendar (2019)

We are pleased to provide you with multiple opportunities to engage in professional development in a city near you.


Date Location Register
Monday 04 - Tuesday 05 March Brisbane Completed
Monday 11 - Tuesday 12 March Perth Completed
Monday 20 - Tuesday 21 May Sydney Completed
Monday 05 - Tuesday 06 August Brisbane Completed
Monday 21 - Tuesday 22 October Melbourne Register
Monday 04 - Tuesday 05 November Sydney Register

New Zealand

Date Location Register
Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 May Christchurch Completed

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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NEXT Hotel Brisbane
72 Queen Street, Brisbane
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Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
93 Macquarie Street, Sydney
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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 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 in recognition of course completion.

Participants will gain certification for 12 hours of professional development in Positive Leadership.

Potentially hundreds of additional hours of professional development may be claimable for:

Ongoing support

Participants will be provided with 6 months access to the Positive Difference Professional Development Library, a collection of resources to consolidate and extend your knowledge of the course content, and to use for training purposes within your 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.