Positive Leadership Development

Leadership in the 21st century rests in the ability to cultivate resilience, adaptivity and innovation within individuals, teams and the workplace as a whole. This program explores the emerging area of Positive Leadership, drawing on the academic disciplines of Positive Psychology and Organisational Behaviour.

It explores different ideas about what 'positive' means and why it matters, and investigates strategies for Exceptional Leadership.


  • Senior decision-makers with at least 10 years of leadership experience
  • High-level executives, looking to develop strategic decision-making ability 


  • Understand the key concepts of positive leadership
  • Examine your own and others' positive leadership attributes
  • Apply techniques to enable well-being and change in the workplace
  • Develop a plan for improving leadership abilities in the future 



A study guide with readings and cases is provided.

On-campus participation

The following key themes are explored:

  • What is Positive Leadership?
  • Leading individuals and teams with Positive Leadership
  • The four, key enablers of positive deviance, effective change and employee wellbeing.


  • A 2500-word assignment due within four weeks after the on-campus participation (worth 100%) 


Associate Professor Adam Barksy

Adam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne and has held visiting positions at New York University and Universtia de Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. His research focuses on ethical and risky decision-making, organisational justice and emotions in the workplace.

Associate Professor Lea Waters

Lea is internationally recognised for her expertise in the areas of Organisational Change, Organisational Psychology and Positive Psychology. She is an academic and registered psychologist, with a PhD in Organisational Psychology. She is also a Director of the Master in School Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), University of Melbourne, and was awarded the MGSE’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2011.


8 – 9 March 2017