Leveraging the Power of Polarity Thinking

Leveraging the Power of Polarity Thinking

This 3-day program equips leaders to use Polarity Thinking™ concepts, practices and tools, including the Polarity Map® and the Polarity Assessment™. Polarities are interdependent yet opposing forces that create tension in individuals, teams, and systems. Polarity Thinking will enable leaders to overcome their most complex and critical challenges by applying both/and thinking skills to the polarities they face in leadership. Leaders will gain experience managing polarities in a consulting/coaching client relationship by integrating what they have learned through an action learning project. Leaders will earn a certification in PACT™ (Polarity Approach for Continuity And Transformation) through this program.

Offering Dates

May 27-29, 2020


3 days, in-person, Fairfax campus, Research Hall, room 163

The registration deadline will be one month prior to the program's starting date.


The regular tuition rate is $3,295 per person. Register by Friday, March 27 to enjoy a 10 percent early bird discount rate of $2,965.50.

Questions? Contact us at lead2wb@gmu.edu or 703-993-6090.

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Program Benefits

  • Learn transformative new skills to develop your career in 3 full days of intensive hands-on experiences
  • Complete an action learning project to immediately integrate learning and practice using tools
  • Free access to the Polarity Resource Portal for one year -- create your own personal polarity map library, use polarity map templates, view foundational videos and tutorials, review case studies and articles, and utilize assessment tools
  • Receive free the e-book AND, How to Leverage Polarity/Paradox/Dilemma by Barry Johnson, Ph.D., the thought leader and creator of The Polarity Map® and Polarity Thinking™ principles
  • Earn 27 CCEUs (14 Core and 13 Resource) from the International Coach Federation

Learn more from this video with Cliff Kayser and from this article.

"Learning and using the principles of polarities can strengthen well-being for leaders, teams, and organizational systems. The many different dimensions of effective leadership – from communication to change management – all include polarities. You can learn one approach through this program and it can apply across the board to whatever decisions you face as a leader. Polarity thinking has versatility and scalability and measurability to it that you can use in any situation.” - W. Cliff Kayser, VP, Mastery and Coaching Programs, Polarity Partnerships

A few testimonials from program graduates:

"Polarity Thinking and Polarity Maps are incredibly valuable for enabling new and powerful conversations that lead to sustainable improvements in our organizations, our societies, our relationships and our lives as individual human beings." - Chalmers Brothers, leadership speaker, trainer, and author

"The certification provides a structured process that engages and empowers others, and appeals to those who appreciate data and measurement." - Joy Goldman, founding partner, SixSEED Partners