Stephen M. Ross School of Business

The Positive Leader - Deep Change and Organizational Transformation

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Dec 8—13, 2019
6 days
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
USD 11500
USD 1916 per day
Apr 19—24, 2020
6 days
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
USD 11500
USD 1916 per day
Jun 14—19, 2020
6 days
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
USD 11500
USD 1916 per day
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About the course

Top-performing companies around the globe have come to believe that positive leadership is not only effective – it's essential.

Positive leadership dramatically increases employee engagement, reduces friction during times of stress and change, and drives positive business results.

Michigan Ross is the world's leading home for research on building positive organizations defined by engaged employees, empowered people, and a culture of collaboration and commitment. After more than ten years of research by Ross' Center for Positive Organizations, we have learned how leaders motivate, inspire, and transform their organizations. In this program, you will discover your leadership strengths and learn new strategies and techniques for energizing and engaging employees, driving change and innovation, and delivering value to customers. You'll emerge prepared, confident, and motivated to transform your organization's culture, drive innovation, and radically improve your bottom line.


  • Discover your leadership strengths and how to build on these strengths to create value for your team and organization
  • Develop strategies to enhance employee engagement and create a culture of collaboration and commitment
  • Enhance your ability to create, influence, and foster organizational change
  • Build an action plan for deep change in yourself and others


  • Leaders who have the skill to develop high-impact relationships and a culture of collaboration with commitment to results
  • A step-by-step plan to overcome an organizational challenge and realize positive change immediately upon return to work
  • Increased drive to achieve exceptional individual and organizational performance


In this program, you'll engage in an exciting and intense journey toward becoming a transformational leader who can engage employees, inspire people, and build a culture defined by collaboration and commitment. Participants engage in the following program topics through a combination of action-learning experiences, interactive lectures, group discussions, team exercises, case studies, and real business projects.

  • Day 1: Understanding positive leadership; review pre-program assessments
  • Day 2: Positive leadership practices
  • Day 3: Goal setting, authentic leadership, and creating a thriving culture
  • Day 4: Define and leverage your life purpose to drive organizational performance
  • Day 5: Review personal case projects and develop action plans

Who should attend

Senior-level leaders seeking to develop a collaborative and committed organization defined by engaged employees and transformational leaders.

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...


Gretchen Spreitzer

Research Gretchen M. Spreitzer's research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change and decline. Her most recent work is looking at positive deviance and how organizations enable employees to thrive. This work fits within...


Shirli Kopelman

Research Professor Shirli Kopelman is a leading researcher, expert, and educator in the field of negotiations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She holds a PhD in Management and Organizations and an MS in Organization Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Nor...


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...


Wayne Baker

Wayne Baker is Robert P. Thome Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management & Organizations at the Ross School of Business. He is also Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research. His work focuses on socia...


Jane Dutton

Research Jane Dutton's research and expertise lies at the intersection of strategy, management and organizations, and psychology. After receiving her Ph.D. from Northwestern, she was on the strategy faculty of New York University for six years. Since 1989, when she joined the University of Mic...


Shawn Quinn

Research Shawn Quinn is The Managing Partner for LIFT Consulting and a Partner in the Competing Values Company. He is also an instructor in the Executive Education Program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He teaches courses on leadership, change and innovation. Shawn al...


Dave Frayer

David J. Frayer, Ph.D. is Director of Executive Development Programs in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, where he leads a group responsible for design, development and delivery of executive and professional education programs and two executive education and corporate le...


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