CPD Accredited Positive Leadership & Engagement Training Course

Applied Positive Psychology Research / Online Courses / Positive Organisational Psychology / Positive Psychology in Practice / Professional Practice

Would you like to be able to integrate Positive Psychology into your leadership and management role, and find an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, wants and needs?

An empowering and insightful Positive Psychology course designed for those managing, leading or utilising human potential…

The concept of strengths can be explained by aligning a persons naturally present virtues, and wants with a close-to-perfect job role. An example would be an introverted pragmatic detail driven individual – who would thrive in a small-team and quiet environment where the role was predominantly made up of detail-focused tasks. For example: Data entry, Accounting, Computer Coding, Compliance etc. Now imagine an extroverted, creative, flamboyant social individual within the same role, or vice versa…

The problem, and therefore the opportunity, is that many individuals are led by their needs rather than their wants, which means that they find themselves in a role, acquire skills, and then feel frightened about breaking out of this role to follow their true dreams and purpose. Their learned skills become so developed that many people start to consider them as strengths, when they may be developed weaknesses. Their actual weaknesses may be undeveloped strengths… The result is that the individual becomes drained and de-energised.

These latent strengths will often find their way out in the form of incongruent hobbies or abilities that suddenly emerge at the office Christmas Party. An example would be Steve from accounts suddenly takes the microphone at the Karaoke and blasts out a stunning rendition of “Gold Finger” by Shirley Bassey. When you identify and individuals strengths, you can ensure that a personal development plan is created which aligns in a resonant fashion.

Many of the existing psychometric profiling formats available today – are formulated based on people making decisions and choices relating to the actions that they would take in a given scenario, or through locked down option-limiting questions purporting to discover someone’s “style”. They do not allow the participant to discover their strengths, which may be very different to their “learned skills”.

People can become so well trained and experienced within a certain area, that they can be very good at their job, and yet extremely unhappy and de-energised because the role and tasks do not align with their strengths. This will often result in periods of absence, or in the worst case, someone searching for a new job – when the one that they have doesn’t fulfil them.

This course introduces ways to lead and engage employees using Positive Psychology-informed Strengths-based and Wellbeing-centred approaches.

To gain a richer understanding of Positive Psychology, and become qualified and certified to practice in this area, we recommend applying for one of the following Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology Practice, which include full access to this CPD course on request.


1. Course Overview

This introductory course explores the concept of strengths-based engagement at work and how to create a positive organisational culture. It will teach you how to identify strengths within your employees, co-workers and team – and fully engage people in tasks, personal development and organisational vision. It does this while also encouraging you to reflect on yourself and take action (or not) where needed.

This course will provide you with self-paced 6 x 2-hour recorded training sessions as follows:

Session 1: Creating Positive Organisational Cultures

This session introduces the science and philosophy of wellbeing at work, and the concept of Psychologically Informed Environments – in other words, professional spaces where people feel safe to be themselves, engage their strengths, do their work, form positive working relationships, and ultimately be well and thrive.

Session 2: Strengths-Based Engagement 

This session introduces Positive Psychology Character Strengths and Virtues and how to spot them in yourself and your team members or employees. You will learn how to use a psychometric testing tool (VIA Strengths Survey) to identify strengths in your team members and facilitate team discussions and individual reflections on how to integrate strengths into organisational culture.

Session 3: Authenticity, Mental Health & Wellbeing

This session explores what authenticity is, why it matters to mental health and wellbeing, and how to Activate the Authentic Self through engaging meaning, purpose, values, and virtues. It also explores the emotional and cognitive aspects of hope and fear, and obstacles and pathways to being authentic at work.

Session 4: Resilient Leadership, Management & Teamwork

This session explores the dynamics of resilience in individuals and groups at work. It explores the relevance of negative states and communications styles, and how to create and apply Positive Organisational Psychology Interventions (POPI’s) to resolve conflict, boost morale, and restore balance and harmony to the workplace.

Session 5: Positive Emotional Environments

This session introduces the concept of Positive Emotional Environments at work. It explores how to create positive emotional experiences in the workplace that leaders, managers, team members, and employees can “broaden and build” on to feel more likely to enjoy their engagement in work and build resilience over time.

Session 6: Motivating & Engaging People 

This final session explores what people want and need at work. It introduces motivational styles in leadership and management, and how to tap into your motivational style. You will discuss and present what you have learned so far with your trainer and group, and identify actions to help carry your learning process forwards.


2. Course Benefits

  • CPD Certificate of Participation (24 hours)
  • Positive Psychology Educational Tools (diagrams, worksheets)
  • Understanding of Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions & Motivation
  • Reflections on application of Positive Psychology concepts and theories to self


Who should attend?

This CPD course is designed to be of interest and relevance to:

  • Managers & Leaders
  • HR Professionals, L&D Professionals
  • Organisational Development Specialists
  • Executive Coaches & Trainers
  • Psychology Students


3. Course Delivery

This course is delivered online by the Positive Psychology Guild’s online Academy. It is mapped at Level 3 to signify the level of complexity and emphasises practical learning. There are six online workshops which are recorded and may be viewed at your own pace. Each workshop lasts 2 hours and covers a presentation, short break, discussion, individual reflections, and group sharing on concepts learned. You will also engage in practical and reflective activities in between the workshops. Please allow a further 2 hours each week for these. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Participation with 24 CPD points accredited by the Positive Psychology Guild.


4. Next Steps

As this course is fully recorded and self-paced, you may apply and start your course at any time of the year.

The course recordings are available for a fee of £250 plus VAT (20%) if you live in the UK. To apply for access, please fill out the application form here. The course fees include:

  • Access to the Positive Psychology Academy
  • 6 x 2-hour group training sessions (recorded)
  • Additional learning materials and reflective practice guidance
  • Certificate of Participation on completion of the course
  • £250 discount on the Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Practice course progression (see below)

We recognise that some students may wish to purchase textbooks on Positive Psychology to supplement their learning resources. If you wish to budget in advance for this, we recommend setting aside a further £20-30. To enrol on this course or enquire further, please email: training@ppnetwork.org


Corporate Bookings

You may also request for this course to be made accessible to your team or employees at work. Corporate rates are available on request.

To book your place or enquire further, please email: training@ppnetwork.org


Course Progression

To qualify as a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, you may apply for any of the following qualifications on completion of this course:

These courses will certify you to practice Positive Psychology using Strengths-based and Wellbeing-centred approaches. You may apply your learning within an organisational context (e.g. workplace, community) to facilitate leadership, management, teamwork, employee engagement, and policy development through coaching, training, or organisational research and development.

If you wish to apply for any of these courses on completion of the above CPD course, you will receive a £250 discount on your Level 5 Diploma course fee. Please make sure you include completion of this CPD course in your application.

For further details, please email: training@ppnetwork.org


This course is delivered by the Positive Psychology Academy in partnership with our Positive Psychology Centre. For further information on the Positive Psychology Centre, please click here.

Comments are closed for this post...sorry!