Short Course in Positive Leadership - 2 Days - Melbourne

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Stamford Plaza Melbourne

111 Little Collins Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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This course empowers middle and aspiring leaders with research-validated strategies that form the foundations of effective leadership.

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Imagine having the tools to build a culture in which people act less in self-interest and more towards the common good; are less cynical of other people's motives and more kind, helpful and grateful; feel less threatened and resistant to change and more excited by new opportunities; and focus less on complaining and more on building high-quality collaborative connections.

The good news is that there is an extensive well-researched body of evidence that provides leaders who are learners with clear knowledge and practical strategies to create such a positive culture. Drawing from the interrelated fields of positive organisational scholarship, applied positive psychology, contemporary leadership theory, neuroscience and more, these understandings and tools can be synthesised as the science of Positive Leadership.

Evidence-based learning

Positive Leadership is the daily skilled application of evidence-based principles and practices to intentionally create a positively energised work environment in which all members feel connected, trusted, and motivated to lead from where they are, thereby collectively contributing to continuous organisational learning and improvement. Positive leaders proactively cultivate a positive climate, magnify positive meaning, engage in positive communication and build positive relationships to provide the contexts in which the wellbeing, performance and leadership capacity of their people are optimised.

In the Short Course in Positive Leadership, Robert Ritchie, founder of Positive Difference, shares this science with you in a highly engaging course conducted face-to-face over two full days. In addition, all participants will complete two strengths-identification surveys prior to the course, and these will be debriefed during the course. Specifically, you will become competent in the application of the VIA Institute's Values-in-Action Character Strengths survey and the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology's Expert Strengths Profile.

Learning outcomes

Through training in Positive Leadership, you will gain a stronger sense of the authentic you as a leader, and knowledge and skills to immediately apply strategies to:

  • Increase wellbeing in a more positive climate
  • Raise accountability in a culture of discipline
  • Build commitment by magnifying meaning
  • Enhance ownership and effort through positive communication
  • Raise productivity and innovation through positive relationships
  • Lead change with mindfulness and emotional intelligence
  • Increase performance and positive energy through a focus on strengths

Be assured that Positive Leadership is not about being soft or naïve to the harsh realities of organisational life. Rather, it is precisely because organisations are fraught with challenges, and because change to produce significant improvement is so difficult, that positive leaders are needed now more than ever. Positive leaders aim not just to create positive emotions in people, but to dramatically impact organisational performance for the better, and they do so through research-validated strategies that require effort, elevated standards, and a high degree of competence.

At the completion of the course, you can expect to be well equipped with exciting new knowledge, empowering practical strategies, and an invigorated sense of purpose and passion as a positive leader.

Participation in this course is highly recommended for:

  • Emerging leaders at all levels in educational, health, corporate or community settings who seek enhanced capacity to ground their daily leadership practice in contemporary evidence-based research
  • Middle and aspiring leaders who may not have undertaken formal leadership studies, and who seek an intensive training opportunity to increase their knowledge and capacity to positively face some of the challenges of their current or desired role
  • All reflective practitioners who seek to discover the positive ingredients to unite and ignite their team

Course feedback

"Very usable materials that I can take back to not only the workplace but also my social network. Rob breaks complex theory into plain English that is relatable to all, and gives you the tools and knowledge to spread it far and wide." — Nikki Alberts, Executive Manager, Implementation and Change, NBN Co

"This course was the most useful professional development that I have undertaken in recent memory. I feel well reassured with the knowledge of how to inspire and empower staff and students to flourish by creating a positive environment utilising the strengths of myself and others." — Conan Bland, Teacher, The Southport School

"A great two days that has helped me learn a lot of things to take back to my workplace. It has made me feel energised and the library is going to be a wonderful resource!" — Amanda Kopp, QEII Hospital

"The content and presentation was informative and easily absorbed. I was engaged the entire course. The content is very valuable for current and future leaders wanting to increase productivity in the workplace and also for personal development." — Davina Barnett, Fair Work Ombudsman

"The course content and presentation was well-crafted, relevant, and skilfully presented. I found the course really hit the mark in terms of its possible applications to our workplace." — Tim Bergin, Xavier College

Course organisation

  • Module 1: Foundations of Positive Leadership
  • Module 2: Promoting positive climate
  • Module 3: Magnifying positive meaning
  • Module 4: Practising positive communication
  • Module 5: Developing positive relationships
  • Module 6: Strengths-based Leadership
  • Module 7: Strengths Profile debrief
  • Module 8: Mindful Leadership

Course structure

The course is delivered over two consecutive days from 8:30am - 4:30pm each day.

Day 1

  • 8:00am - 8:30am: Arrival tea and coffee
  • 8:30am - 10:00am: Module 1
  • 10:00am - 10:30am: Morning tea
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm: Module 2
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm: Module 3
  • 3:00pm - 3:20pm: Afternoon tea
  • 3:20pm - 4:30pm: Module 4

Day 2

  • 8:00am - 8:30am: Arrival tea and coffee
  • 8:30am - 10:00am: Module 5
  • 10:00am - 10:30am: Morning tea
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm: Module 6
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm: Module 7
  • 3:00pm - 3:20pm: Afternoon tea
  • 3:20pm - 4:20pm: Module 8
  • 4:20pm - 4:30pm: Presentation of certificates

Course presenter

The course is presented by Robert Ritchie.

Rob founded Positive Difference with the mission to deliver comprehensive, research-validated training to optimise individual and organisational wellbeing, performance and leadership capacity. Through Positive Difference, Rob has helped hundreds of people do good better.

Rob's strengths are his capacity to see the big picture to draw connections between research fields; synthesise complex research findings into clearly structured frameworks and immediately applicable actions; and share this knowledge in a warm, inspiring and highly engaging way. His VIA signature strengths are perspective, judgement, honesty, creativity and humour.

Rob holds a Master of Education degree, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. He is also an accredited practitioner of CAPP's Strengths Profile.

Course inclusions

Recognition of learning

A Certificate of Positive Leadership will be awarded at the end of Day Two.

The course offers 12 hours of professional development in Positive Leadership. Additional hours may be claimable for:

  • Completing an Expert Strengths Profile before the course
  • Completing a VIA Character Strengths Profile before the course
  • Watching video lectures and reading scholarly articles in a Professional Development Library after the course

Completing this course will contribute 12 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Ongoing support

Participants will be provided with 6 months access to a Professional Development Library containing resources to consolidate and extend their knowledge of the course content, and to use for training purposes within their organisation. These resources include:

  • PowerPoint presentations on each of the modules covered in the course
  • Video lectures by key researchers in the field of contemporary leadership
  • Scholarly articles

Other inclusions

  • A premium hotel venue with the option of discounted accommodation
  • A professional workbook
  • A pen and writing pad
  • VIA Character Strengths identification
  • An Expert Strengths Profile and debrief
  • 24 strengths cards
  • 30 gratitude cards
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • All-day beverages

Learn more about the course at www.positivedifference.com.au

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