Positive Leadership Certificate Program

Positive Leadership Certificate Program

The next cohort will take place in 2020. Registration details will be coming soon.

As a leader, you’ll face many stressful situations and challenging problems in the workplace, but one simple decision can empower you to be successful: positivity. Learn how the well-being science of positivity can fuel your success!

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

The two-day boot camp format consists of lecture, demonstration, personal assessments, and experiential learning. Modules will be:

* Positive Leadership - Learn how positive psychology can impact leaders and the strong effect that it has on followers and teams.

* Mindful Leadership - Learn how mindfulness can help you manage stress, improve your decision making, and increase your emotional intelligence and strategic awareness.

* Coaching Toward the Positive - Learn how to use coaching as a way to lead team members toward the most positive outcomes.

* Purposeful Leadership - Learn how purpose drives engagement and success, discover your strengths, clarify your values, and identify ways in which 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).

Tuition rate: $1,995


  • Mason alumni – 10%
  • Group of 3+ from same company – 10% per student
  • Mason employee (both classified and wage) – 10%
  • Spouse or children of Mason employee – 10%

Participants are permitted to apply only one discount.

HR professionals can earn recertification PDCs for their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential by participating in this program.

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

The program focuses on helping leaders develop a more positive mindset to achieve personal and organizational goals. A positive leader is more self-confident, optimistic, and resilient. This positivity results in a more creative, energetic, and productive workforce.

There’s plenty of evidence that positive leaders make a big difference in government agencies, corporations, and other community organizations. Positive leaders create an atmosphere that produces lower turnover, higher productivity, greater satisfaction, and a host of desirable bottom-line outcomes.

The Positive Leadership Certificate Program leverages the talents of two George Mason University faculty members, 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, Positive Leadership program graduate

“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, Positive Leadership program graduate

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