The Emerging Leaders Program at Ross

Posted By SWatts on Dec 10, 2013 |

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The Emerging Leaders Program at Ross

Directed toward executive education mid-level managers, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business offers five-day periods of leave for immersion into the Emerging Leaders Program. The Emerging Leaders Program is based on building stronger leaders through action-based learning. The five-day program, held in March and October at the Ross Ann Arbor main campus, consists of an intensive dive into research of various leadership methods, giving students time to reflect on their own leadership style and the various aspects of the examined leadership practices that they would like to build on. Through making these choices themselves, leadership is built through team development and change management.

Throughout the Emerging Leaders Program, students are immersed into the process of developing self-awareness and cultivating a more holistic leadership style. This begins with self-examination of one’s own values in leadership, one’s current practice of leadership, and the developments necessary to evolve into a better leader. Second, the focus shifts to the ability to develop high-performing teams. This includes managing conflict, choosing the right people, building motivation, and facilitating complex decision-making. Third, students learn to build and leverage important relationships, managing networks and building effective teams to attain wanted results. Fourth, the program’s content teaches how to lead change in an organization, from attaining buy-in from key stakeholders to building urgency and overcoming organizational resistance to change. Lastly, students learn to model what they coach. By mastering one’s leadership style, one can learn how to become an effective coach for an organization, build strong collaborative relationships, and implement strategies for continuous learning.

The program itself is inclusive, building a closely-knit cohort of actively learning professionals. Program agendas include situation simulations, team-based exercises, creating vision and action plans for personal leadership style, a tour into the University of Michigan Archeology Museum, and individual consulting sessions with faculty, including: Professor Paula Caproni, Director of Professional Development; Professor Scott DeRue, expert on team development and leadership; Professor Gretchen Spreitzer, whose research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development; and Professor Maxim Sytch, whose research focuses on social structures and inter-organizational relationships. Accommodations included in the program fees include a stay at the Ross first-class executive residence, daily breakfasts, lunches and some dinners in the Executive Dining Room, and all program materials and resources. Attendees are expected to be working professionals with three to ten years of working managerial experience who show high potential.