Positive Leadership

Jana Tolle

Seminar Profile

The challenges of leadership are on the rise. The entire environment is becoming more unpredictable, more uncertain, more complex and ambiguous. For managers, therefore, the question arises with which management model one can lead and motivate the employees?

Positive Leadership was derived from the scientific approach of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the science of a successful life and has set itself the task of increasing the positive in the human existence and systematically strengthening it by means of certain instruments. The negative things in life should not be negated, but consciously a different, positive view should be found. This includes the use of personal strengths, motivation and performance as well as resilience. The high relevance of these topics for success in professional life has been known for a long time, but what about the practical implementation?

Most management models focus on the elimination of deficits in a problem-oriented way - there should be no more negative deviation and one wants to act in the "normal" range (ie from loss into the profitable area).

The core objective of Positive Leadership is to achieve a positive deviation in performance (for oneself and among employees) in order to promote sustainable  growth and performance in the organisation.

In this context, the central element is a more positive organisational culture. To achieve this, three essential, mutually influencing mechanisms are required. All three mechanisms are the entrance gate for an upward spiral, since they support the positive effects of each other:

  • Positive foundation at work
  • Positive human relationships
  • Positive emotions

Topic Selection

  • "VUCA": What does it mean for me in terms of self-management, leadership and motivation?
  • What are the scientifically proven elements of Positive Psychology? How can I use it for myself and my employees?
  • What are the four specific management strategies to achieve a positive deviation in performance?
  • How can you implement Positive Leadership?
  • How can I bring the elements of Positive Leadership into my leadership day and integrate them into my tried and tested methods?


Wolfgang Scherer is a Certified Professional, Certified Consultant of Positive Psychology as well as a member of the German umbrella organisation for Positive Psychology e.V. His first professional position was at Langnese-Iglo / Unilever in Hamburg, where he worked as a product manager for frozen food after his graduate trainee in sales and marketing. He then became the Head of Marketing for contact lenses at Johnson & Johnson in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Since 1996, Wolfgang Scherer has been active as a consultant in numerous industries for international consulting companies, most recently as a partner and today as independent consultant. In 2009, he opened his private practice for psychological counseling and psychotherapy in Hamburg-Eppendorf, where he supports managers to live, work and secure their well-being and quality of life in the long-term. As a lecturer at the HSBA, Wolfgang Scherer is active in the master programmes as well as our executive education offerings.

Facts on the Seminar

Contact hours 8.5 hours as well as an online session afterwards
Language English
Head Dr. Wolfgang Scherer
Costs 790 Euro
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