Strengths-based Leadership Certificate

2020 sessions are being held virtually and at Temple University Harrisburg, Temple University Center City (TUCC), and at the Chester County Government Services Center. Contact us to ask about hosting workshops at your organization.

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Learn more about our individual workshops below:

Workshop #1 - Strengths-based Leadership: An Overview

Engaged employees are more productive and less likely to quit. A strengths-based approach to leadership improves employee engagement and builds the capacity of your organization. In this workshop participants will discuss what defines an empowering workplace and identify leadership styles that support empowerment. Through the skill of critical reflection, leaders will identify how their own skills, attitudes and knowledge compare to the core competencies of a strengths based leader. Participants will also reflect on the strengths of their own staff and organization and discuss how to leverage the strengths to overcome challenges.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify principles of a strengths-based approach and how they apply to leadership

  • Describe shared power

  • Define empowerment and identify difference between being empowered and being empowering

  • Describe the purpose of critical reflection, and the steps to implement it

  • Explain the key features of reflective supervision


Workshop #2 – Communication Skills for Strengths-based Leaders

Communication plays a key role in creating an empowering workplace and engaging employees. In this workshop participants will learn and practice strengths-based communication techniques that will improve relationships and improve results. Leaders will identify practical strategies to try in their organization such as powerful questions, communicating through conflict and how to turn complaints into actionable statements of value. Additionally, participants will reflect on the need for self-care and stress management.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and practice basic strengths-based communication techniques:

  • Active Listening

  • Reflection

  • Empathy

  • Powerful Questions

  • Language of Commitment

  • Identify strategies to support self-care for oneself and for one’s team


Workshop #3 - Culture and the Strengths-based Leader

In this workshop leaders will reflect on their own culture and how it has shaped their values and beliefs. Participants will discuss the impact that bias has on their work and learn strategies for addressing this bias. Cultural humility will be introduced as an approach to embracing and building on the strengths of a diverse staff and organization. Finally, participants will explore organizational culture and how it supports or blocks an empowering work environment.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Provide a broad definition of culture

  • Identify elements of organizational culture

  • Reflect on your own values and how they impact behavior and relationships

  • Identify types of bias that can impact judgment

  • Describe how differences in culture can impact supervisory relationships

  • Identify personal and organizational strategies for demonstrating cultural humility

  • Identify methods of influencing organizational culture


Workshop #4 – Performance Management and the Strengths-based Leader

Strengths-based leaders don’t ignore performance concerns, they use communication and goal planning approaches to help staff build on their strengths and overcome challenges. In this workshop leaders will practice giving and receiving strengths-based feedback, discuss goal plans, and identify the benefits of using tools to measure progress. Participants will discuss how to hold employees accountable using a strengths-based approach.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List benefits of self-assessment and strategies for supporting accurate self-assessment

  • Identify a strength-based approach to giving feedback

  • Analyze performance concerns from a strengths-based perspective rooted in curiosity and collaboration

  • Practice strategies for increasing motivation to change

  • Analyze different methods of monitoring and evaluating progress toward results

  • Identify methods and benefits of receiving feedback


Workshop #5 – Strengths-based Leaders Impacting Change

Leaders at any level in an organization have the ability to impact changes that lead to a more empowering workplace. As success depends on different types of collaborations, including those with other organizations, the role of Organizational Culture will be explored. In this session participants will discuss their vision for their team and what strategies they can take to implement it.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe personal leadership vision and compare with agency mission and staff/colleagues’ vision

  • Identify qualities of effective teams & analyze approaches for impacting your team's effectiveness

  • Practice an appreciative inquiry approach

  • Analyze own opportunity to impact change at both the agency and community level

  • Define key elements of strengths-based community collaborations


Workshop #6 – Final Presentation

This course is available to individuals who have completed the five workshops of the Strengths-based Leadership Series. To complete the certificate, participants must submit a final project plan, implement the project for thirty days, present their project at the Final Presentation workshop, and submit a Final Report. 


Certificate Requirements

To earn the Strengths-based Leadership Certificate, participants must complete the following within two years:

  • Attended each of the five Strengths-based Leadership Workshops

  • Complete a workplace project demonstrating application of strengths-based leadership

  • Attend a Final Presentation session and present an overview of your project goals and outcomes

Workshop and Certificate Fees

  • Individual Workshops:

    • $90 each

  • Final Presentations and Certificate:

    • $125

    • Available after attending each of the 5 workshops

  • Full Certificate Registration fee:

Continuing Education Credit

Earn up to 30 Social Work CE’s and 3 CEU’s (depending on workshop location)

Workshops 1-5 within the certificate program have been approved for .6 CEU's and workshops 1-5 at some locations have been approved for 6 continuing education hours through Temple University Harrisburg, a PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselor pre-approved provider of continuing education.  These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW/LMFT/LPC biennial license renewal. 


Carolyn Truchon
Carolyn Truchon

Program Manager