Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Strategic Leaders Program - Vision, Strategy, and Managing the Organization to Drive Results

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Mar 2—6, 2020
5 days
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
USD 10800
USD 2160 per day
May 11—15, 2020
5 days
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
USD 10800
USD 2160 per day
Sep 21—25, 2020
5 days
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
USD 10800
USD 2160 per day
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About the course

Your effectiveness as a senior leader is measured by the performance of the leaders you manage. They rely on your ability to align, inspire, and drive business results.

The Strategic Leaders Program explores the critical components of effective senior-level management and leadership. You’ll learn to make better decisions under pressure, improve your leadership approach in increasingly complex environments, develop talent more effectively and lead with more creativity, energy, and intensity.

For more than 30 years, the Competing Values Framework has been used by the world’s most successful companies to drive innovation, create high-performance cultures, explore and expand into new markets, and improve overall quality. The Strategic Leaders Program, through the Competing Values Framework, will challenge you to adopt new research-backed ways of thinking that will increase your impact as a leader. You'll emerge with an action plan to drive positive results in your organization and a skill set to advance your career.


This dynamic program features a diverse group of faculty and attracts participants from a wide variety of industries, organizations, and countries. This fast-paced learning environment fosters collaboration, dialog, and introspection.

The following program topics will be presented through a combination of action-learning activities, simulations, group discussions, team exercises, lectures, case studies, and projects. The program is customized to participants’ unique, personal, and current leadership challenges and aspirational career goals.

  • Day 1: Leadership lessons from the C-suite; mastering complexity, scale, and scope
  • Day 2: Corporate, functional, and personal strategies; design thinking
  • Day 3: Conquering organizational politics; leveraging influence and networks
  • Day 4: Your leadership legacy; interpersonal strategies and personal change
  • Day 5: Executive presence and developing your leadership action plan


  • Increased resilience as a leader: Performing well under pressure and recovering quickly after a setback
  • Build upon your strengths and empower yourself to take on any personal or professional challenge through assessments and personalize coaching
  • Emerge with an in-depth understanding of the techniques to help others achieve their full potential through positive leadership
  • Gain a better understanding of how top leaders implement strategic initiatives, conduct difficult conversations, and excel under pressure


  • Improved bottom line through increased employee motivation and engagement
  • Proven methods for communicating and cascading strategy to all levels of the organization
  • Enhanced decision-making in complex and ambiguous situations, resulting in increased productivity at all levels of the organization
  • Frameworks to accelerate the development and commercialization of game-changing ideas

Who should attend

  • Mid- to senior-level leaders who manage and are responsible for the results of other leaders
  • Managers seeking innovative approaches to prepare for their next level of leadership responsibility

Trust the experts

Maxim Sytch

Maxim Sytch is an Associate Professor at the Department of Management & Organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Previously, he was a lecturer in the Department of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His rese...


Horst Abraham

Horst Abraham is a member of the Executive Education faculty at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is the president and managing partner of the Paragon Group, an international consulting group dedicated to creating high performance in individuals, groups, and organizati...


Gautam Ahuja

Gautam Ahuja is the Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration and Strategy at the University of Michigan. His research interests focus on competitive analysis, technology strategy, and the implications of globalization and the use of mergers, acquisitions and alliances in these cont...


Brad Killaly

Research Brad Killaly is the Associate Dean for the Full Time and Global MBA Programs. He returned to his alma mater in 2014, when he joined the Strategy facutly here at Ross. Prior to Ross, he was a faculty member at Emory University.  He has also been a visiting professor of strategy at Univ...


David Mayer

David M. Mayer is an Associate Professor in the Management and Organizations Area at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. His research interests concern social and ethical issues in organizations. Specifically, he conducts re...


James Sweetnam

Jim served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of Dana Holding Corporation from July 2009 to November 2010. He served as Chief Executive Officer - Truck Group, Eaton Corporation from July 2001 to June 2009. He also served as the Operations Vice President -- Heavy-Duty Transmiss...


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