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Requirements for Peaceful Leadership Certification

All enrollees are on track to become a Certified Peaceful Leader™. Certification requirements are:

  • Complete 8 Training Modules
  • Complete Learning Checks and Practice Exercises

  • Attend at least 12 Group Coaching Sessions
  • Pass Certification Exam with the Peaceful Leadership Institute

Core Modules Include:

Core Pillars

Establishing Trust, Inclusion, and Psychological Safety


Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Self-Management, Resilience Training

Giving Feedback

Having Difficult Conversations & Giving Feedback Effectively and Respectfully

Mission Alignment

Aligning Employees’ Mission & Purpose with the Company’s Mission

Responding to Feedback

Responding to Hard-to-Hear Feedback Effectively & Respectfully

Coaching Skills

Coach Leadership Best Practices, Appreciative Inquiry, Empowerment

Strengths-Based Mindset

Stregnths-Based Practices for Employee Feedback and Employee Review

De-Escalation & Mediation

De-escalation Skills and Coworker Conflict Resolution Strategies

Decisions & Accountability

Inclusive Decision-Making Techniques; Setting Expectations & Accountability

PLA is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management

to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.
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Peaceful Leadership Training Certification

Peaceful Leaders Academy certification is available to all PLA members who wish to take their career and workplace relationships to the next level. The certification course includes training sessions, group coaching sessions, a variety of informational resources, and an overall elite learning experience. This certification indicates to employers, staff, and business partners that you prioritize peaceful, productive relationships at work.

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Why Become a Peaceful Leader?

Leadership style and effectiveness have a direct impact on employee engagement, employee retention, company innovation, productivity, and ultimately revenue. That’s obvious. What is perhaps more surprising is that in more than 90% of workplace conflicts, poor leadership has been shown to play a significant role. That’s why peaceful leadership is so important to both improve coworker trust and relationships as well as to proactively prevent workplace conflict and the many risks associated with unhealthy conflict.

PLA’s proprietary programming is based on the 5 Core Competencies of Peaceful Leadership Theory, developed by experts in the fields of organizational psychology, performance psychology, and workplace conflict. Throughout the certification course, we focus on the most critical skills for peaceful leaders. Through conflict resolution training, coaching, and a robust learning experience, PLA guides both seasoned and emerging leaders to become Certified Peaceful Leaders™!

PLA’s Optimal Learning Experience

The Certified Peaceful Leader™ – Workplace program is a truly unique, interactive hybrid learning model to fit leaders’ busy schedules. We developed our learning system with two primary initiatives:

1) It should be somewhat self-paced, so leaders can complete the course modules as is convenient for them

2) It should be engaging, interactive, and actionable, unlike most self-paced, pre-recorded learning courses.

Through our one-of-a-kind learning model in the leadership development industry, PLA’s training course for workplace leaders combines self-paced training modules, actionable assignments to implement learning, live coaching reinforcement for optimal comprehension and retention, and a thoroughly curated suite of supplemental material. By the end of the certification program, leaders will feel equipped to embody and implement the skills, competencies, and pillars of the Peaceful Leadership model.

Benefits of PLA’s Certification Course

Leadership isn’t just a skill for managers. Regardless of your role, leadership skills can help you improve communication, manage conflict, work collaboratively, make better decisions, and act quickly to creatively solve problems. Developing leadership skills in any role can expand your career to new levels, build your confidence, and even enhance your abilities beyond the workplace.

This certification helps you do just that.

PLA offers not only one of the most effective online leadership certificate programs you’ll find today, but we also provide the only training specifically focused on enhancing workplace relationships.

The Peaceful Leaders Academy is designed to help leaders cultivate the 5 Core Competencies of the Peaceful Leadership style from the comfort and convenience of their own homes through this online training course.

Who Would Benefit Most from this Certification?

PLA’s leadership certification is geared toward business leaders who are interested in enhancing their ability to lead and manage others effectively.

Developed by organizational psychologists and workplace conflict experts who have adapted years of research and experience, the Peaceful Leaders Academy training offers a certification program to those who understand the critical value of healthy workplace relationships.

Whether you’re a senior or C-suite leader, middle manager, aspiring leader, or business partner, every individual interested in peaceful, productive workplace relationships will benefit from adopting a Peaceful Leadership style.

How Do I Get a Peaceful Leadership Certification?

The Peaceful Leaders Academy Leadership Certificate is only available to members. All members can become a Certified Peaceful Leader™ after meeting the following basic requirements:

  • Complete 8 training modules
  • Complete Learning Checks, Practice Exercises, and Self-Reflection Exercises
  • Attend at least 12 Group Coaching Sessions
  • Pass the Final Certification Exam through the Peaceful Leadership Institute

PLA’s leadership certification will expand your reach in terms of knowledge, skill, self-awareness, and community. By becoming certified with our leadership academy, you will deepen your understanding of yourself as a leader, how you show up in tough situations, how to manage your growing edges, and adapt new skills so that you can become an elite leader who builds trust and motivates team members. You’ll also join a group of other certified leaders, from whom you’ll find further support and empowerment.

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Leadership Courses for a Wide Variety of Careers

Online leadership courses can help you stand out from the crowd of job applicants or of employees applying for a promotion. Most business school graduates have learned basic management skills, but most of them do not have the specialized leadership skills that you get in the leadership courses at Peaceful Leaders Academy.

By becoming a Certified Peaceful Leader, you will get more intensive and varied training than you would get from a single online leadership course. You can learn to model key leadership skills in your organization, whatever its mission may be.

Employers often encourage their employees to take professional development courses, but online leadership courses with Peaceful Leaders Academy are more than just your garden variety leadership courses. Our program combines asynchronous online learning modules with in-person coaching.

It is not practical to restrict the opportunity to develop strong leadership skills to people who can afford to be away from other work tasks for an extended period of time which is why our asynchronous online courses are feasible for people who work full-time. Our coaches are determined to bring out the successful leader in everyone.

Therefore, each participant in our management courses gets to meet with mentors one-on-one and discuss how they personally can engage in effective leadership. This allows our coaches and participants to talk about their experiences making tough leadership decisions in more detail than they could in management courses that take place entirely in a group setting.

Seven Courses for Building Leadership Skills

Leadership involves many competencies, not just one, and as a Certified Peaceful Leader, you will learn about different leadership strategies and when and how to apply them. Whether your line of work is project management, education, healthcare, or any other professional field, it takes more than just good communication skills and the techniques you learned in one management course to lead effectively.

Therefore, your training as a Certified Peaceful Leader involves an introductory course where students learn the core pillars of peaceful leadership, followed by seven other courses related to other aspects of leadership and management. You can take the modules on each of these soft skills in any order you choose.

Our online courses have a flexible schedule to accommodate busy professionals. The course materials are designed so that each one is self-contained. You can take the next online course immediately after you complete the preceding one, or you can take breaks in between.

After you have completed all of the courses included in the program and attended coaching sessions on key topics related to being an effective leader, you will be ready to take the certification exam.

Management Skills Are for Everyone

Already being in a leadership or management role at your organization is not a prerequisite for taking online leadership courses with Peaceful Leaders Academy. Our leadership training is for people who aspire to become effective leaders, in addition to people who are already recognized as such within their organizations.

It is an excellent idea to participate in online leadership training if you want to get started in a management career. Learning management techniques and critical thinking is a start, but you can really be effective if you study leadership from the perspective of the people being led.

Effective leaders know that the recipe for being successful in a leadership role is 90 percent empathy. In training to become a Certified Peaceful Leader, participants learn as much about relationship building as they do about time management and projecting an air of authority.

If you have never held a management position before, the experienced leaders at Peaceful Leaders Academy will teach you all about management from a perspective you probably did not experience in your business school courses.

What Are the Topics Covered in Online Leadership Courses?

In the online leadership training courses, you will learn about how to de-escalate conflicts and mediate the conflict resolution process. You will also learn such organizational behavior skills as how to give constructive feedback and how to receive feedback graciously, even when the person giving it is not presenting it in the most constructive way.

You will get the same insights into effective management that graduates of top universities learn. The difference is that the Certified Peaceful Leader training is more self-directed. Therefore, it is less time-intensive.

You get just the right mix of hands-on training, small-team interaction, and self-directed study to achieve success. Our instructors will give you the tools you need to lead successfully and enough flexibility to apply them.

How Much Influence Does Online Leadership Training Have on Your Career?

An online leadership course can give you the tools to help you bring about the change that you want to see in your industry or professional field. If you work in a field where everyone bosses each other around where no one listens, or where everyone freely dishes out criticism but then gets offended when someone criticizes them, then a Certified Peaceful Leader is just what your organization needs to bring about organizational change. That Certified Peaceful Leader, of course, can be you.

A lot of people change careers at some point between when they first enter the workforce and when they retire. The leadership skills that you will learn at Peaceful Leaders Academy will make you an asset to your organization, no matter where you work.

Even if you go from being a software developer to being a lawyer or from being a police officer to being a youth sports coach, your success as a leader comes down to the thoughtfulness of your interactions with others in your organization and the actions you take on behalf of those interactions.

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Contact Peaceful Leaders Academy to Become a Certified Peaceful Leader

Your journey toward more effective leadership begins here. Contact Peaceful Leaders Academy today to find out more about our leadership coaching and online leadership training opportunities.

Our Team

Jeremy Pollack, Ph.D.


Sara Jeckovich, M.A.

Program Director

Sherman Green, Ph.D.

Conflict Resolution Specialist

Our Clients

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What Our Clients Say

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Safa Harak

Project Manager,
Habitat for Humanity

“The program exceeded my expectations. The content was both holistic and specific, the coaches were knowledgeable and supportive, and the course materials were very useful and well-designed.”

Ayla Whittington

Creative Director,
Zen Media

“The content is structured in a way that is easy to understand and the frameworks they built make it memorable. Thank you for creating such an impactful course which has helped me build the foundation of my leadership style.”

Nicole Wingfield

RN Clinic Director,
So Others Might Eat (SOME)

“This course has made me more aware of my weaknesses and strengths as a leader. Most importantly, I’ve learned that leadership is something that will always need cultivating.”