Peace-Based Leadership and Governance Diploma Course

Course Description

Peace-Based Leadership and Governance (Leadership for Peace) is a conceptual and practical course designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to:

  1. Diagnose various modes of leadership and governance,
  2. Evaluate the salient characteristics of each of these models,
  3. Determine the type of leadership most appropriate for specific circumstances,
  4. Identify their own unique potentials and skills of leadership, and
  5. Be able to act as effective and progressive leaders in their respective domains of activity in the context of progress and peace.

Topics covered include:

  1. Concept of leadership,
  2. Definition and classification of various types of leadership,
  3. The intersections of developmental psychology with peace and peace-building,
  4. Theories of social change, and
  5. The nature and dynamics of power and authority in human social relationships;
  6. The role of worldview in choice of and practice of leadership;
  7. The nature and dynamics of peace-based leadership at interpersonal, inter-group, international, and global levels;
  8. Ones own approach to leadership, its genesis, positive qualities, possible negative dimensions, and
  9. Whether our respective leadership styles are conducive to peace-based approaches to leadership and governance.


Course Objectives

By the end of the course students should:

  • Understand the concepts underlying the practice of Peace-Based Leadership;
  • Be able to use these concepts to analyze processes of Peace-Based Leadership, including their own practices and skill-sets as leaders;
  • Understand the relationship between power, authority, justice, and leadership at interpersonal, inter-group, and global levels;
  • Have a basic understanding of the prevalent modes of leadership in various parts of the globe and levels of governance

Have basic skills of Peace-Based Leadership.

Required Textbooks

Course participants will receive specific reading assignments for each unit of study from the following sources:

Danesh, Roshan & Danesh, H.B. (2013). Peace-Based Leadership and Governance Manual (The manual will be accessible from the EFP Academy after registration in the course.)

Danesh, H.B. & Clarke-Habibi, Sara. (2007). Education for Peace Curriculum Manual (May be obtained from or

Danesh, H.B. (Editor). Education for Peace Reader, accessible at:

Who is eligible?

The course is open to all applicants. Individuals who wish to receive credit for their university studies need to consult with their respective professors/university officials for approval.

Course Structure and Schedule

Students may register in this 12-week online course anytime. Each week the student will receive study objectives, study materials, specific assignments, and feedback from the course instructor on his/her assignment, according to the following schedule:

Week 1- Introductions

  1. Course Orientation
  2. Self-Evaluation Leadership Questionnaire (Provided at the start of the course)

Week 2- Art and Science of Leadership: An Overview

  1. What is Leadership?
  2. Definitions of Leadership
  3. Leadership Skills

Week 3- Concept of Worldview

  1. The Concept of Worldview
  2. Worldview and Consciousness
  3. Worldview and Change
  4. Predominant Types of Worldviews

Weeks 4 & 5- Worldview and Leadership

  1. Traits and Attributes of Leaders
  2. Power, authority, and Leadership
  3. What is Authority?
  4. Authority and Conflict

Week 6- Styles and Modes of Leadership

  1. Characteristics of the Authoritarian Leadership (Command-Based)
  2. Characteristics of the Adversarial Leadership (Identity-Based)
  3. Characteristics of the Peace-Based Leadership (Unity-Based)

Week 7- Becoming a Peace-oriented (Integrative) Leader

  1. Leadership and Change Revisited
  2. Leadership Qualities: A Comparative Review


Week 8 & 9- Dynamics of Leadership Transformation:

  1. Dynamics of transformation from conflict-based leadership to peace-based leadership

Week 10- Human Needs, Human Rights, and Leadership

  1. Main human needs and human rights
  2. Role of peace-based leadership in meeting human needs and rights.

Week 11- Course Review

  1. Participants are invited to review their experience in the course, offer comments, and pose questions.

Week 12- Final Essay

Participants to prepare a final essay (about 2000 words) on any aspect of the course no later than 5 weeks after the week 12

Course Fee

  • Applicants from outside of Canada: US$ 400.00
  • Applicants resident in Canada: CA$ 400.00
  • Applicants from the UN designated Developing countries: US$ 200.00

For the list of eligible countries see:

Application within Canada

Application Outside Canada

Payment Options


Requirement for Completion

Students will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Their participation in all sessions, and
  • Demonstration of their understanding of the conceptual foundations of peace-based leadership and governance and the methods of their implementation.

In this online course, the evaluation will be done based on the regular required essays and email-based communications with course participants.


Application Procedure

  • Completed Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae or Résumé (sent with Application Form)
  • Email filled out Application Form and Curriculum Vitae or Résumé to
  • Purchase course through ‘Add to Cart’ button above. You will receive information on how to access the course via email after your Application Form and Curriculum Vitae/Résumé have been received.

Course Instructor

Dr. H. B. Danesh is the founder and president of the International Education for Peace Institute (Canada). He is a professor emeritus of conflict resolution and peace education and psychiatry. His areas of research and expertise include Peace studies, Education for Peace, Leadership for Peace, religion and peace, causes and prevention of violence, marriage and family therapy, unity-based conflict resolution, and psychology of spirituality. Dr. Danesh is the author and creator of the internationally acclaimed Education for Peace Program, first piloted in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the main author of its multi-volume curriculum.

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