Leading Without Authority

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Stephen M. Ross School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Leaders - formal and informal
  • People seeking a unique, sustainable leadership development experience
  • Teams seeking extraordinary results through common language, supportive approaches

About the course

In this four-week journey you will be invited to consider; how to influence up the organization; how to become an influential voice for positive change, how to imbue an organization or unit with a higher purpose, and how to communicate the purpose so as to create a high performance team. Each day you will be invited to do two things; identify your own principle of leadership, and live the principle that day. In doing so, every day will be a new personal experiment and a new learning experience. At the end of four weeks, you will know how to change organizations that do not want to change.

This online course is one of five separate 4-week course chapters. Each 4-week (20-day) chapter is available to take individually or may be combined together to create up to a 100-day "Becoming Who You Really Are" comprehensive course plan.

Week 1 – Leadership and Upward Influence

Week 2 – Leadership and Voice

Week 3 – Leadership and the Power of Purpose

Week 4 – Leadership and the Communication of Purpose

How Does It Work? 4 Steps

Watch. In this unique learning journey you will get an email each day that links to a 3-5 minute video. In that video, MI Ross Renowned Professor Robert Quinn shares an inspiring story from his 40 years of working with global organizations worldwide. Here's a sample of Bob's Day 1 video.

Reflect. Each story is followed by 2 simple questions. You post your answers to your online community.

Consolidate. Each week you consolidate - squeeze the learning of each day into a single statement of learning for the week.

Transform: You share successes and transform each member of your learning community with aspiration. As you do you turn individual leadership development into organizational change.

Results: After 4 weeks of this process, you will have started to ingrain perspectives, develop new practices, and build new habits of interaction with colleagues, friends and family. Experience how these changes will begin to transform your life, your relationships, and the impact you have on others.

Program structure

Enjoy one month, or five months at a time in the order of your choosing. For added flexibility, you can align chapter topics in the order that best meets your individual or team growth and development needs.

Or, perhaps, you are in need of significant transformation for you and throughout your organization, enjoy the well-received "Becoming Who You Really Are" complete 100-day course design. Dive deeply into areas where transformation is most needed in your life, relationships, and the impact you have on others.

What sets this course apart

  • Evidence-based research validated by real-world data and results

  • Highly personalized learning experience created by live, online events, based on your own data and assessment results. Our Ross faculty collate and analyze the coursework to create a personalized discussion at the end of each session.

  • Michigan Ross Executive Education was recently named a Top 5 global provider by the Financial Times. Learn frameworks taught and developed by our own Michigan Ross Executive Education Faculty.

Key benefits

  • Now organizations can do leadership development in a fashion that is more effective, less expensive, and automatically gives rise to organizational improvement.

  • Supplement current initiatives with this extended application series.


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 te...

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