Positive Leadership and Innovation

This three-day strength-based program empowers leaders to create a positive culture, which fosters both the mindset and behaviors that allow teams and employees to be more innovative. The program is taught by Berkeley Faculty and leading Silicon Valley experts.


3 days

 Innovation Through Well-Being

This three-day experience unites the innovation process, leadership strategies and positive psychology to create positive work cultures where innovation can flourish. Using case discussions, hands-on collaborative exercises, and applied industry examples participants will explore the power of positive psychology and their own character strengths, understand the process of innovation, and utilize various leadership strategies to develop a personalized leadership development plan. The program will also incorporate networking opportunities that enables participants to create a community of like-minded professionals to foster continued learning and application of knowledge far beyond the three-day program.


  • Explore the basic principles of positive psychology and its application in organizations
  • Understand the Innovation Process (idea generation, promotion, and realization)
  • Learn how to cultivate the antecedents of innovation (creativity, engagement, and positive emotions)
  • Develop a leadership strategy using cutting-edge delivery methods (appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, and mindfulness)
  • Create your own leadership development plan to utilize program concepts immediately


“This was among the best educational programs I’ve attended … the juxtaposition of cutting-edge research and real-world implementations was thought provoking.”

~ Juliette Hirt, Associate General Counsel, Sierra Club, USA

“The combination of excellent academics and world class industry experts provided me the opportunity to gain new insight into leadership and the innovation process.”

~ Andrés Cabezas Corcione, Ph.D., CEO-Founder
Latin-American Center of Applied Positive
Psychology, Chile

“…an extremely useful toolkit for any professional who wants to create a high-performing organization, foster creativity, innovation and inspire leaders.”

~ Paul Racine, Founder, Life Lab, France


Positive Psychology and Innovation

Be exposed to cutting-edge scientific research on positivity and innovation.

  • Positive Psychology basics as they relate to organizations
  • Understanding the Character Strengths framework and its application to Leadership
  • The Innovation Process (idea generation, idea promotion, and idea realization)

Antecedents of Innovation

Understand how certain cultural building blocks help create fertile ground for innovation.

  • Creating a Culture of Engagement
  • Fostering Creativity in the Workplace
  • Building a Culture with Positive Emotions

Leadership Tools

Discover various leadership tools that will help you foster a positive innovative culture, high-performing teams, employee retention and impact ROI.

  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Neuroscience for Leadership
  • Mindfulness as a leadership Tool

A Positive Innovative Culture

Create a plan of action to establish a Positive Innovative Culture

  • Overcoming Obstacles to Creating a Positive Work Culture
  • Create a Personal Leadership Development Plan
  • Industry Mentors to help focus your Leadership Development Plan
  • Certificate in Positive Leadership and Innovation
  • Program is credit bearing (1 unit)


This 3-day program includes: tuition and class materials, parking, and a light supper.


UC Berkeley Campus

Total program tuition: