Program: Practicing Positive Leadership

Motivate, energize and align teams.

Program Highlights

Help leaders build a productive organization

  • Duration: 5 Weeks
  • Time Commitment: ~1 hour per day
  • Certification: Michigan Ross Certificate of Completion
  • Target Audience: All levels of leadership

Enroll your leaders in the next open program starting in early January, 2022—or run the program privately within your company.


  • Assess personal and organizational positive practices and act on strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Explore differences in organizational cultures of abundance and scarcity and take steps to create an abundance culture.
  • Understand the relationship between employee engagement and the common metrics of profit, productivity, customer engagement, and employee retention.

Participants will…

  • Learn how to create a positive work climate by practicing expressions of gratitude.
  • Set and work to achieve a 1% achievement goal to make a significant difference in their life.
  • Explore and identify the authentic purpose of their organization.

About the experts

William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a cofounder of the school’s Center for Positive Organizations.

John E. Simon Professor of Finance, and Director of the WFA Center for Finance and Accounting Research in the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis

Program Overview

  • Review the business case for positive leadership
  • Understand the heliotropic effect
  • Recognize the power in expressions of gratitude to foster positive work climate
  • Discover the attributes of positively energizing leaders and why they get results
  • Review a Case Study as an example of positive leadership in action
  • Learn how engagement impacts a company’s bottom line
  • Leverage new techniques to move teams through stages of development
  • Apply three strategies for improving engagement
  • Review the business case for empowerment
  • Learn the five key dimensions of empowerment
  • Improve communication techniques to build positive relationships
  • Explore differences of defensiveness and disconfirmation
  • Evaluate the Competing Values Framework
  • Assess current and future leadership capabilities
  • Map and evaluate your Competing Values Framework assessment results
  • Create a positive leadership action plan to make 1% difference through small wins
  • Work in teams to and refine the organization purpose with statements that make it clear and meaningful
  • Assess the leadership team’s capabilities for modeling purpose-driven behaviors
  • Discuss and discover how to ensure an authentic higher purpose is the arbiter of leadership decisions
  • Use the purpose-driven leader toolkit to embed the purpose into processes and systems

Enroll your team in this program