Positive Leadership – Costa Rica

To be decided, 2024
University for Peace, Costa Rica

Are you ready to take that next step, reflect on your leadership style and be inspired to set stretch goals?

Come join us in a magical setting on the UPEACE Campus.  Experience connection, co-creation, learning, renewal, and global networking with a team of international facilitators and fellow international participants.

This seminar focuses on a human paradigm of leadership: the ability to connect with people you work with, to see how things look from their perspective, to engage and motivate them while appealing to their strengths and passions.

Who should take this course?

Positive Leadership is purposefully designed to be applicable at all ages and career levels, and across a variety of fields. Participants often share some of the following characteristics:

o A desire to change, grow, or re-establish passion for their career
o A deep drive to push personal boundaries and give back to the community/world
o The need to connect with like-minded individuals and broaden their already global mindset
o Professionals in fast-growing career fields who want to stay ahead of the curve

Today's “positive” leader is able to unleash the potential of each individual in the organization.

In this course we touch on the topic of ‘starting with the why.’ As an appetizer, check out this powerful TED Talk by Simon Sinek, which introduces a model of inspirational leadership by looking at Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.

During the course we analyze our own scores and develop our own how/why/what through the workshop process.

What to expect: course skills and benefits

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A certificate from the Centre for Executive Education, at the United Nations founded University for Peace.

Personalized Feedback

Get personalized feedback from your course instructor to apply the course content to your life.

Dynamic Learning

Get an engaging, dynamic experience that replicates the important interaction of face-to-face sessions.


Connect with a robust network of international leaders across many sectors in the workshop and beyond.

This course counts as part of the Diploma in Social Innovation or Global Leadership Diploma.

WEEK 01 Overview of Positive Leadership
WEEK 02 Appreciative Inquiry & Reframing Failure
WEEK 03 Character Strengths & Flow
WEEK 04 Skills for Conflict Transformation
WEEK 05 Your Story & Leadership Challenge
WEEK 06 Putting it All Together


Onsite Format

The course is designed to be a practical and hands-on workshop, allowing space for sharing and peer-to-peer learning. Spanning three full days on campus, we'll cover a variety of introspective activities, theory, and small group application.

We'll cover:

1. Emotional Intelligence
2. Positive Leadership
3. Conflict Transformation
4. Appreciative Inquiry
5. Strengths Feedback
6. Crafting a Purpose Statement
7. Knowing Personal Conflict Style

Mohit Mukherjee is the founding Director of the Centre for Executive Education. In this role, he has developed and taught over 75 seminars in several countries (Haiti, USA, Switzerland, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Puerto Rico, India, Bangladesh, Costa Rica and the U.K) on themes ranging from ‘Designing Your Life’ to ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change’.  He is also the founder of Changemakers International, an organization focused on enabling youth to gain the skills to be social innovators. He has also served as Vice President of Programs for Watson U, the first incubator leading to a degree for next generation social entrepreneurs. Prior to these positions, Mohit Mukherjee served as Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, a global movement of organizations and individuals promoting sustainable development. Mohit earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1995 and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2002. He currently resides in Florida.

Miguel Tello facilitates the Mission Impossible? Measuring Outcomes & Impact course. He also facilitates the Positive Leadership workshop and offers onsite workshops on Circles and Restorative Justice. Miguel is the Executive Director of the Strachan Foundation, a family foundation that supports education and health projects throughout Central America. Miguel is also a Trustee and an Adjunct Professor for the International Institute for Restorative Practices, a graduate school in Pennsylvania. He offers restorative practices training and consulting to a variety of NGOs, schools, churches and criminal justice professionals in Central America. He holds master’s degrees in public administration and international studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. Miguel is originally from Mexico. He currently lives in Costa Rica with his wife and two sons.

Lars Kure Juul Nielsen facilitates the onsite workshop Positive Leadership. Lars is an International Trusted Advisor, HR Executive and Talent Management Expert working out of Copenhagen with a wide range of Leaders, International Organizations and Institutions across the globe. Lars’ educational background consists of a Masters of Law from University of Copenhagen and HR, Leadership & Talent Management from INSEAD and Harvard Business School. Lars is the creator of the model and tool, The Happiness Sweet Spot, and author of the book, HR Fitness on Strategy into Action.

Arthur Sherwood facilitates the onsite workshop Positive Leadership. He is the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship chair at Western Washington University in the US where he leads the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation programming.  As a professor, he teaches and researches well-being and what it takes to build grit with a special focus on flourishing practices for lifelong changemaking. He calls on the dynamic co-creation concepts and tools of strategy, design thinking, human-centered design, business and venture modeling, evidence-based entrepreneurship & innovation, liberating structures, creative problem solving, cooperation and self-leadership to facilitate and support emerging and existing changemakers, leaders, teams and organizations.  He is the co-founder of multiple ventures including his current work with innovate68.com and flourish4change.com.

This is a 2-day onsite course will be held at the University for Peace in Costa Rica in 2024 (date to be decided).

$895 tuition rate for the 2-day course in Costa Rica. A certificate is awarded upon completion by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Enroll with a colleague each will receive a 10% discount. Contact us for groups of 3 or more.

University for Peace alumni and alumni of the Centre for Executive Education receive a discount.

Have a question? Contact us at centre@upeace.org with inquiries or to set up a phone call, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions section. Positive Leadership is also listed on GoOverseas.com, where you can find a number of reviews from past participants!

Past participants say:

“This course is an eye opener. Positive Leadership is all about focusing on strengths and opportunities and a good way to ensure a healthy work- environment.”

-Jelle-Jochem Duits, Netherlands/South Sudan

“Find your WHY by engaging with committed leaders and social entrepreneurs coming together to lead in a world of constant change. UPEACE brings nations together for a common purpose. The WHY is the betterment of humanity, with wisdom, compassion, and grit.”

-Iris Prada, Costa Rica

“It’s not an investment, it’s a gift for your mind and your soul. This is not just another workshop, it’s the beginning of a journey.”

-Diego Lineiro, Argentina

“This course sure tackles issues not normally addressed in other programs. It is powerful, innovating, thought provoking…Highly recommended!”

-Cindy Fonseca, USA/Costa Rica

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