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Positive Psychology for Managers

Would you like to learn new ways of motivating both yourself and your colleagues to increase overall motivation, creativity, and performance within your organisation? Then this Positive Psychology for Managers masterclass is for you. This new 2-day masterclass is a deep dive into a strength-based approach, which offers a new way of developing and maintaining employees. You will become familiar with the background of positive psychology. Next, you will learn to apply methods to understand, develop and optimally use the strengths of your employees, instead of trying to improve their weaknesses. The first edition will take place on 5 and 6 October 2023.

STAP Budget

You can request STAP Budget for this programme.

Why choose the masterclass Positive Psychology for Managers?

Jobs have become increasingly cross-functional and dynamic. This means that employees are required to develop an all-round skill-set of competences that can be used in multiple areas on the work floor. In other words, organisations and managers have high expectations of their employees. But how can they keep them motivated and committed in the current job market, where new generations of employees are increasingly restless in their careers and job-hopping is more pervasive than ever?

  • What will you learn?

    After this masterclass Positive Psychology for Managers, you will:

    • understand the difference between a competence-based and a strength-based approach, and how these approaches can complement each other.
    • have reflected on your own strengths and how to optimally use them in your organisation.
    • have insight into the application of different methods, such as Appreciative Inquiry, to understand and develop your employees’ strengths.  
    • know how to discover and leverage their strengths to advance both their own and the teams’ development.  
    • have the knowledge and tools to stimulate psychological capital in their team.  
    • develop a personal network of professionals with similar interests.
  • For whom?

    This masterclass is particularly relevant for professionals with an interest in human development: those who work in HR or are a (middle) manager, coach or team coordinator. This masterclass is designed for professionals that care about soft skills and believe that motivated employees will boost their organisations’ performance. Ideally, you have some experience in managing or coordinating teams.

  • Dates and fees
    Dates Autumn 2023 Thursday 5 & Friday 6 October
    Dates Spring 2024 Dates tba 
    Times: 09:00 - 17:00
    Fee: €1,950.*

    *UvA alumni get a 10% discount. Fees are VAT-exempt.

    STAP Budget

    You can request a STAP Budget for this programme. To be eligible for the subsidy of €1,000 you need a STAP registration certificate. To get this, tick the STAP Budget box in the application form above. Take into account that there are deadlines for registration and receiving the necessary STAP registration certificate.

    More about the STAP Budget
  • Practical information
    Location: Amsterdam Business School
    Mode of study Onsite programme
    Language: English
    Certification: You will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the University of Amsterdam
  • Teaching staff

    Dr. Hillie Aaldering is Assistant Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. She teaches courses in conflict, cooperation and decision-making and is affiliated with Schouten Nelissen University of Applied Sciences where she additionally teaches about motivation and decision-making. She provides national and international workshops to promote the use of scientific knowledge by professionals in these areas. From 2023 onwards, Hillie will continue her work at the department of Organization Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


If you have any questions regarding this masterclass or other short programmes, please contact:

Jannice Daha LLM
Manager Executive Education
T: +31 (0)20 525 6134

Facts & Figures
Mode Part-time, short-term, module
Credits 0 ECTS, days
Language of instruction English
Starts in October
Location Roeterseiland campus