Positive Leadership Course Descriptions

Positive Leadership (half-day session, 4 hours): Participants will learn how positive psychology can impact leaders and the strong effect that it has on followers and teams. The results of increased productivity and happiness in the workplace are both compelling and valuable to the organization. Seminar participants will complete the Positive Leadership Index to determine their current level of positivity and the Balance Wheel to determine how balanced their life is.

Through research and assessments, Dr. Gladis will teach you how to be a positive leader by:

  • Providing background on the growth of positive psychology in the past decade.
  • Explaining the critical effects of having a strong social network.
  • Demonstrating how work, engagement, and productivity are related.
  • Showing how certain simple psychological and physical practices can make such an immediate difference in a leader’s life and with his/her team.

A complimentary copy of Dr. Gladis’ book, Positive Leadership: The Game Changer at Work, will be given to each seminar participant.


Mindful Leadership (half-day session, 4 hours): Participants will understand how mindfulness can help manage stress, improve decision making, and engage teams. In this seminar participants will learn how to use mindfulness techniques to increase positivity, emotional intelligence, and strategic awareness. In addition to learning practical techniques, participants will complete a mindfulness assessment and review results during class.

Through experiential exercises, Dr. Cabrera will teach you how to be a mindful leader by:

  • Practicing mindfulness techniques to create a calm, clear mind.
  • Increasing your self-awareness and self-control to enhance leadership skills.
  • Improving your relationship with others through empathy and trust.
  • Enhancing your creativity and strategic awareness.


Purposeful Leadership (half-day session, 4 hours): Participants will learn how purpose drives positivity and success. You will discover your strengths, clarify your values, and identify ways in which you can use your strengths and values to become a better leader, serve others, and identify needs both at work and in the community. Participants will be asked to complete a StrengthsFinder Assessment prior to attending and will conclude the seminar by writing a personal mission statement.

Dr. Cabrera will teach you how to be a purposeful leader by:

  • Completing a strengths assessment to discover your top strengths.
  • Clarifying what is most important to you.
  • Identifying meaningful contributions that you would like to make in your organization and community.
  • Writing a personal mission statement.

A complimentary copy of the Strengths Based Leadership book by Tim Rath and Barry Conchie will be given to each seminar participant.


Coaching Toward the Positive (half-day session, 4 hours): Through hands-on activities this seminar will demonstrate why positive leadership coaching is critical to people, teams, and organizations. Using a disciplined and researched process of positive leadership coaching, participants will learn how to self-coach and successfully move themselves and their teams systematically toward a more positive state. Based on positive inquiry used by professional executive coaches, participants will learn how to ignite positivity throughout their organization by asking powerful questions and creating “positive emotional contagion.”

Dr. Gladis will help you get the leadership results you want by learning how to:

  • Employ the Positive Leadership Coaching Clock.
  • Identify the “Ideal Future State” for yourself and your team.
  • Develop and set goals to give purpose, direction, and confidence.
  • Assess the “Impact” of change if the ideal future state is pursued.
  • Inventory the “Issues” surrounding the current state—where you are now.
  • Commit to “Intention” to move from the current state to the future ideal state.

A complimentary copy of Dr. Gladis’ book, The Coach-Approach Leader, will be given to each seminar participant.

Questions? For more information about this program, please contact our center at: lead2wb@gmu.edu or 703-993-6090.