The Positive Leader: Deep Change and Organizational Transformation

Woman talking to faculty member during Executive Education program

Deep Change and Organizational Transformation 

Do you see what needs to be different in your organization to make it truly great, but the culture, practices, and processes of the organization fight against you? This program will give you new insights, perspectives, and practices to influence the changes needed in the organization's culture. We will also help you tap the latent potential in the people around you and the system in which you work to deliver unprecedented results. To accomplish something new you need to be able to see from a new perspective.

This program will not only help you understand cutting-edge research but will bring you practical experiences to apply these new tools and techniques more effectively, more genuinely and give you the learning agility you need to build the future. You will learn about how other companies have benefited from these experiences, and through dedicated time working on your own current circumstances create a plan to apply what you learn while also getting ideas and insights from fellow participants and coaches from diverse industries, cultures, and roles.

Who Should Attend
  • Mid- and senior-level leaders seeking to take different actions to achieve extraordinary results
  • Program attendee titles may include: Director, VP, Senior Manager, and Group Manager/Director

Let’s discuss how this program can help you achieve your goals.
Contact us at [email protected] or call 734-763-1000​

In this program, you’ll witness an exciting and intense journey toward becoming a transformational leader who exceeds expectations through engaged employees, inspired people, and a culture of collaboration and commitment. Participants explore program topics through action-learning experiences, interactive lectures, group discussions, team exercises, case studies, and real business projects.

Day 1:  Pre-work | Kick-off Session | Welcome and Networking Reception

Day 2: Welcome and Debrief of Pre-work | Introduction to Positive Leadership | Motivation |Group Dinner and Speaker

Day 3: Reflection | Power of High-Quality Connections (HQCs) | Reflected Best Self

Day 4: Reflection | Social Excellence and Creating a Purpose-Driven Unit | Fundamental State of Leadership

Day 5: Reflection | Putting It Together Exercises | Shared Triad Feedback | Dedicated Time on Personal Case Projects | Closing Dinner

Day 6: Personal Case Projects Review Feedback | Program Close

This sample schedule is intended to represent the program structure and content. Timing and session topics are illustrative and subject to change.

The Experts

Kim Cameron
Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

Julia Lee Cunningham
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Jim Mallozzi
Executive Education Faculty

Dave Mayer
John H. Mitchell Professor of Business Ethics,
Professor of Management and Organizations,
Chair of Management and Organizations

Gretchen Spreitzer
Associate Dean for Engaged Learning and Professional Development,
Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration,
Professor of Management and Organizations

Robert (Bob) Quinn
Professor Emeritus of Management and Organizations

Shawn Quinn, Faculty Director
Executive Education Faculty


After successful program completion, you will earn 1 credit toward the Distinguished Leader Certificate from Michigan Ross Executive Education.

  • Create leaders who develop high-impact relationships and culture
  • A step-by-step plan to realize positive change to the work environment immediately upon return to work
  • Increased drive to achieve exceptional individual and organizational performance
  • Unleash your leadership strengths and learn 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 

This program has changed my leadership lens and how my values reflect my work. I've learned how to identify my strengths and how to leverage those strengths to be my best and incite change.

I've used the tools I gained over the past year and a half throughout the organization, and during this time, we have realized significant performance improvements. This has been due to several factors, and the tools have been a big part of it.

Management is about solving problems. Leadership is about changing culture.

Faculty Thought Leadership
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Tuition & Fees
  • The program fee includes tuition, instructional materials, living accommodations, continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks each day, and selected dinners.
  • Fee is payable in advance in US dollars, is net of any tax, and is subject to change.
  • To allow adequate time to complete required pre-read assignments, course registration closes five weeks prior to the program start date.
  • Check our website for our Cancellation, Transfer, and Substitution Policy.
  • Program offerings are subject to change, visit the website for the most up-to-date information

Note: Admission to this program is by application only. There are three ways to apply:

  1. Click “Register Now” on this page and complete the application online;
  2. Download the application and mail it back to us;
  3. Call +1-734-763-1000, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday, and request a paper application be mailed to you.