Becoming a Positive Leader

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

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Stephen M. Ross School of Business

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About the course

Invigorate your leadership style and stimulate performance gains in others by focusing on the strengths and possibilities to innovate and implement change.

Increasing employee engagement, driving innovation and change, and stimulating extraordinary performance mean taking a new approach to leadership. They require us to move away from common dated methods that target weakness and deficit to adopt a positive approach that builds on strengths to yield better results and improve your bottom line. This program is held in IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain and run jointly with Michigan’s Ross School of Business and presented by the professors who pioneered the original work on Positive Leadership.

Why This Program

This program explores the foundations of Positive Leadership, including strategies to cultivate a mindful and mission-driven work environment that empowers and engages employees. It also examines the importance of self-awareness and tools to motivate growth at both the individual and organizational levels.


  • Explore methods to develop high-impact relationships and a results-oriented work environment.
  • Learn techniques to unlock the highest potential within oneself and others.
  • Develop capacity to stimulate exceptional individual and organizational growth and realize change immediately upon return to work.
  • Make a step-by-step plan to confront leadership challenges in your organization.

The Experience

  • Increase employee engagement, drive innovation and change, and stimulate extraordinary performance.
  • Invigorate your leadership strengths and stimulate performance in others.

Who should attend

  • Leaders seeking to develop creative, committed, and constructive teams.
  • HR/Management individuals and teams addressing organizational opportunities and challenges.
  • Executives who are leading change or going through a career transformation or want to learn to do this in anticipation of the change that is coming.

Trust the experts

Kim Cameron

Research Kim Cameron is William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education.    His past research on organizational virtuousness, downsizing, effectiveness, corporate quality culture, and th...


Robert Quinn

Research Robert E. Quinn holds the Margaret Elliot Tracey Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan and serves on the faculty of Organization and Management at the Ross Business School. He is one of the co-founders and of the Center for Positive Organizations. Quinn’s research and t...


Alberto Ribera

Areas of Interest Self-leadership: personality assessment and character development of managers Positive leadership: values, virtues, meaning/purpose, fulfilment Coaching, mentoring and therapy Stress and burnout, mid-life crises, mindfulness Management in Middle East and Africa, Business for p...


Anneloes Raes

Areas of Interest Top management teams Relationships between top and middle managers Teamwork Temporal dynamics of teamwork Anneloes Raes is an associate professor in the Department of Managing People in Organizations at IESE. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Maastricht Universit...


Yih Teen Lee

Areas of Interest Cross-cultural management & cultural identities and competences Person-environment fit Leadership in multicultural teams Human resource management: selection and training issues Yih-teen Lee is Full Professor in the Department of Managing People in Organizations. He spec...


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