Positive Leadership Certificate Program

Positive Leadership Certificate Program

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, 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