17 Positive Leadership Exercises

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Leadership holds the potential to shape organizations and ignite the potential within individuals.

However, not all leadership approaches yield positive outcomes. Destructive leadership behaviors can lead to disengagement and high turnover rates, hindering growth and success.

Our 17 Positive Leadership Exercises [PDF] is a comprehensive toolkit designed to equip leaders with the skills needed to cultivate a culture of positivity and resilience.

It’s for practitioners like you to empower others to motivate their teams to attain new levels of productivity and job satisfaction while creating workplaces characterized by trust, collaboration, and a shared sense of purpose.

$ 47

You will be equipped with the following tools:

  • Analyzing the Need for Organizational Change

    Help leaders analyze their organization to identify necessary changes and pinpoint innovative solutions for present and future challenges.

  • Asking For Feedback

    Help leaders utilize the Keep, Stop, Start approach to gather feedback, pinpoint actionable insights, and bolster their future leadership effectiveness.

  • Asking for Input

    Help leaders seek advice from their employees for innovative solutions to decisions, issues, or challenges they encounter.

  • Best Possible Leader Self

    Help leaders envision their optimal selves within their leadership roles, identify defining elements, and develop plans to align with this vision.

  • Choosing Quantum Leaps Over Incrementalism

    Help leaders embrace the value of taking transformative leaps towards daring goals, moving beyond the confines of incremental progress.

  • Hiring Drivers Instead of Passengers

    Help leaders recognize the value of "Drivers" to foster a proactive, ambitious team that views challenges as opportunities.

  • Leader of the Year

    Help leaders reflect on their values through imagined 'Leader of the Year' testimonials, enabling them to assess and enhance value alignment in their actions at work.

  • Leaders You Admire

    Help leaders reflect on their leadership behaviors, compare with role models, and identify disparities to enhance their leadership.

  • Leadership Styles Wheel

    By utilizing the Leadership Styles Wheel, help leaders grasp the six leadership styles, visualize their personal application, and adapt their approach accordingly.

  • Magic Word Feedback

    Help leaders use the word 'but' to convey feedback that motivates, promotes growth, and strengthens relationships while highlighting positives and addressing negatives.

  • Motivational Analysis

    Help leaders understand and assess their motivational styles to devise more effective team strategies in the future.

  • Needs Satisfaction Through Leadership

    Help leaders assess their leadership style's alignment with employees' needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competence, and guide them in enhancing areas for better workplace satisfaction.

  • Positive Organizational Cultural Artifact

    Help leaders identify and reflect on cultural artifacts to reinforce their desired organizational culture.

  • Running Your Company in a Mission-Driven Way

    Help leaders craft and convey a compelling mission statement that embodies their company's purpose, values, and vision to foster growth and team engagement.

  • The Skill-Will Matrix

    Help leaders use the Skill-Will Matrix to assess team members' competency and motivation, enhancing engagement and performance.

  • Your Company is a Product

    Help leaders enhance their company by treating it as a product, using product development principles to identify and implement improvement strategies.

  • Your Winning Vision

    Help leaders craft and convey a meaningful vision using the W-I-N (Wonder, Inspire, Navigate) approach, enabling them to implement actionable strategies with their team.

This pack contains the 17 highest-rated positive leadership tools that our practitioners use for their own development, in coaching, in the workplace, for teaching, or in a therapeutic setting. Each of the tools has been created in collaboration with universities and experts around the world. 

All of the tools are rooted in science, draw from the latest research and insights from the field of positive leadership and include references, practical advice, and a detailed description of how to use them.

Download them today to develop coaching expertise and help others grow.

*Please note that these tools are also included in our Positive Psychology Toolkit.

The following experts create our tools and resources:

  • Alicia Nortje


  • Anna K. Schaffner


  • Claire Vowell


  • Elaine Houston

    B.Sc. (Hons)

  • Gabriella Lancia


  • Heather S. Lonczak


  • Hugo Alberts


  • Jeffrey J. Gaines


  • Jeremy Sutton


  • Jessica Swainston


  • Joshua Bourne


  • Joshua Schultz


  • Lucinda Poole


  • Maike Neuhaus


  • Melissa Madeson


  • Nicole Celestine


  • Oliver Page


  • Tchiki Davis


This product is designed for helping professionals, that is anyone who supports and assists others in achieving their goals and improving their well-being. That could be through teaching, counseling, coaching, mentoring or managing. That means it's suited to coaches, therapists, psychologists, counselors, workplace managers, HR professionals, educators, social workers, medical professionals, and community organizers. It's also suitable for individuals with an interest in personal growth and development.

Yes, of course! While these tools were designed with practitioners in mind, they are written in an accessible way so that anyone can benefit from them.

Upon purchase, you will receive access to a .zip file containing all the tools as PDFs. If you have any difficulty accessing the tools, please contact us at info@positivepsychology.com.

This can vary a lot from one exercise to another. As a general rule, most take around 30 minutes to complete but can take longer if more reflection is required. Some tools take place over a longer period of time, such as a week.

The tools can be adapted for the self, individuals, groups, teams, and different client populations. You are free to use your own experience and expertise to adapt the tools to your own particular scenario.

Yes, but in order to promote good practice, please note that you are advised to use the tools within the boundaries of your professional expertise. For instance, if you are a certified clinician, you are advised to use the training within clinical psychology. Likewise, a school teacher may use the tools in the classroom, but it would not be advisable to use them for clinical populations.

The exercises and interventions aren’t specifically designed for any particular age group, but you can adapt any of them so that they are suitable and age-appropriate.

The vast majority are, yes. Every tool has an icon that indicates whether it has been tested at least once in a scientific study and published in a peer-reviewed journal. We always include references and credits for each tool. The tool developers are academics with scientific and experiential backgrounds.

You’re free to download these tools in PDF format and print them for your personal or professional use, such as in a coaching or classroom setting. You’re not allowed to publish these tools publicly.

Within seven days of your purchase, if you decide that the tools aren’t for you, we’ll be happy to offer a refund.

Absolutely! Send Lucy, our Practitioner Success Manager an email at lucy@positivepsychology.com and she will gladly take care of you. Alternatively, you can call us on 1-424-272-1280 (our working hours are 9am-6pm EST, Monday - Friday). We look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Chantal Snodgrass

    The exercises and templates for Organizational Change were brilliant, as they can easily dissect complex issues and simplify solutions. I also loved reading about the strengths and weaknesses associated with each leadership style. I love the nuance created within each style and recommendations for growth.

    Chantal Snodgrass Venue Services Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

  2. Sanna Välttilä-Wit, MSc

    I found the resources and exercises in the Positive Leadership package to be very extended, catering to the different aspects of leadership. There are exercises to help leaders to develop themselves and their vision but also to help leaders to motivate and develop their teams. I also liked that all of the exercises are evidence-based, with references provided for further reading.

    Sanna Välttilä-Wit, MSc Coach

  3. Julia Karhu

    Best possible leader self is an amazing tool to start the development training for the leader, since it gives an optimistic view of possibilities. All tools are helpful since it all comes down to one main thing, reflection – which essential for a leader to develop into a better leadership. Great tools!

    Julia Karhu Leadertrainer

  4. Janette De Vorre., PCC

    I’ve used the resources included in the 17 Positive Leadership Exercises tool kit and find them to provide simple, yet powerful support for Leaders who are committed to meaningful, connected leadership. I love the clarity and thoughtfulness, and the fresh, minimalist design of the worksheets. Executive and Leadership Coaches will appreciate that these resources really get to the heart of what’s important for leaders to be aware of. Make them part of your toolkit!

    Janette De Vorre., PCC Leadership Coach

  5. Fatima Hussain, MSc. Psych

    I think this set of tools is incredibly useful, especially in today’s L&D climate. While many tools already out in the industry focus on the development of people across the organization, very few focus on the development of leadership skills. As a researcher in the space of leadership development, I can attest to the strong need for tools such as the ones you have created in this set. I especially found useful the tools that focus on the leader receiving feedback from their team and being inclusive of teams’ thoughts and opinions in decisions being made. It is evident that a lot of research and thought has gone into creating this set of tools and I commend your team for their efforts.

    Fatima Hussain, MSc. Psych Lead Research Analyst & Psychologist

  6. Sue Milne

    The exercises cover the leadership skills that are key for managers who want to develop themselves to feel more confident in their abilities to lead themselves and their teams. They will allow you to communicate and connect with your teams while having a deeper self-awareness of yourself.

    Sue Milne Leadership Coach

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