Positive Leadership

Positive Leadership

This practical program will show you how a more positive mindset can help you achieve your professional and personal leadership goals. Learn strategies for strengthening your own success and well-being while also boosting your team’s performance at work. Discover how to become more self-confident, optimistic, resilient, creative, energetic, and productive by applying the science of positivity to your leadership. Create a workplace atmosphere that produces lower turnover, higher productivity, greater satisfaction, and a host of desirable bottom-line outcomes.

The Positive Leadership certificate program is available on a contract basis and can be tailored to suit your organization's needs. Please contact our center at lead2wb@gmu.edu or 703-993-6090 to discuss your customized opportunity.


  • Apply the science of positivity to achieve your professional and personal leadership goals.
  • Experience two days of thought-provoking lecture, demonstration, personal assessments, and experiential learning.
  • Learn how positive psychology can impact leaders and the strong effect that it has on followers and teams.
  • Acquire mindfulness skills to manage stress, improve your decision-making, and increase your emotional intelligence and strategic awareness.
  • Use coaching as a way to lead team members toward the most positive outcomes.
  • Understand how purpose drives engagement and success.
  • Discover your strengths.
  • Clarify your values.
  • Identify ways you can use their strengths and values to serve others.


In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must achieve a 100% attendance record. Successful participants will be awarded 1.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

Designed For

This program is designed for all leaders who want to make positive change happen in their professional and personal lives. People at all levels of leadership can use what they learn in this program to strengthen their success. HR professionals can earn recertification PDCs for their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential by participating in this program.

Learn More

Learn more from this video with Steve Gladis and from this article.


The Positive Leadership certificate program leverages the talents of Dr. Steve Gladis and Dr. Beth Cabrera – both of whom will bring their academic and real-world experience to focus on leadership with a special emphasis on positivity:

Writer, Speaker, Researcher, and Executive Coach. Steve teaches leadership development courses based on his more than 20 popular books and numerous articles about leadership. A former F.B.I. special agent and U.S. Marine Corps officer, he also coaches CEOs, executives, and their teams.

Writer, Speaker, and Researcher. Beth teaches strategies that enhance the success and well-being of leaders and their organizations. She has designed and delivered leadership programs for executives across industries worldwide.


“Exactly what I hoped for – immediately useful and impactful.” - Dan Taggart, director of human resources

“Great class! The teachers were excellent and the content will definitely stick with me for life. Very interesting and engaging material delivered in an interesting and fun way.” - Lynne Cordary, senior product manager

“This has by far and away been the best, most interesting, most impactful two-day course I have ever taken. I am looking forward to applying everything I have learned to my work environment.” – Kat Muse, human factors engineer 

"Amazing class - very open and engaging with the group - really enjoyed that versus just being taught from a book." - Alyssa Lanciault, program analyst

“This boost of positivity was exactly the right things I needed to hear in my life at exactly the right time. Dr. Gladis and Dr. Cabrera are fantastic and inspiring, and I appreciate everyone involved in working so hard to help us. Thank you!” – Suzie Grande Pre, Mason student 

"Instructors were very engaged and authentic with their approaches to the class. Although virtual, I could feel their enthusiasm through the screen." - Heather Wastella, contracting officer

“I appreciate the passion and lessons showered upon us. Thank you.” – Greg Blewett, program analyst  

“Even when you lead you need tools to grow personally and your team and this program offers that.” – Gustavo Martin, program manager 

“Parking and logistics easy for this location.” – Barbara Farrington, HR manager  

“Changed my life! I wish there was a scholarship program so that a staff member can attend for free. Maybe make a requirement that they have to write an essay about their experience or do a project on what they would do to improve the program.” – Philip Wilkerson, industry advisor  

“Really enjoyed his certificate and grained many tools for my leadership toolkit. Worth the trip.” – Nicole Fazande Larson, associate dean   

“Steve and Beth were amazing instructors who kept the group engaged for the duration of the program. I would recommend this course and would be interested in additional sessions by either instructor. Thank you!” – Mary Kennedy, Associate Managing Editor Airline Pilots Association  

“I truly gained both practical and personal value from this two-day workshop and I’m excited to put what I learned to practice.” – Gretchen Hendricks, area chair, business foundations  

“Exactly what I hoped for – immediately useful and impactful.” - Dan Taggart, director of human resources 

“Dr. Cabrera and Dr. Gladis were absolutely phenomenal. I can’t emphasize enough how engaging and insightful they were. A massive thank you to them for the energy and love and thought they put into this program. I am not at all exaggerating when I say that they have changed my life for the better. I will be enthusiastically recommending this course to my coworkers.” - Michael Kopalek, operations research analyst  

“Very informative, thorough seminar. Beth Cabrera is extremely knowledgeable and well-prepared. Steve Gladis is a master at facilitating a coaching culture and empowering participants to learn and implement coaching practices.” - Hope Fentress, content marketing specialist 

“Steve Gladis has great expertise and ability to carry message/teach. Tremendous ability to empathize with students.” - Marc Tagliento, senior policy director 

“Great class! The teachers were excellent and the content will definitely stick with me for life. Very interesting and engaging material delivered in an interesting and fun way.” - Lynne Cordary, senior product manager 

“The content has been valuable and informative for my role as a leader, but also helpful in evaluating my own career goals.” - Candice Griffin, senior program manager 

“This course has been so helpful in guiding me toward being a more mindful leader.” - Kelly Clawson, senior assistant director of admissions 

“Very good course especially because of the combination of Beth Cabrera and Steve Gladis instructing. Both provided great real-life examples and engaged the class. The course material will be used to create a positive environment at work and spread positive leadership and mindfulness to my team.” - Ute Shaw, director of finance 

“I liked the examples and common sense approach to solving problems as well as Steve Gladis’ humor. It kept the class engaged and fun.” - John Brock, middle school admissions director 

“Loved the Positive Leadership training, discussions, tools, etc. Fantastic facilitators/instructors!” - Jacqueline Brioux, service design lead 

“Great program! Helps me improve my performance at work. Also teaches me to be mindful of my thoughts and actions.” - Ilia Roussev, program director