Practicing Positive Leadership

Motivating, Energizing and Aligning Teams

Practicing Positive Leadership

Program Highlights


5 Weeks

Time Commitment

About an Hour Per Day


Michigan Ross Certificate of Completion

Target Audience

All Levels of Leadership

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Enroll in the open program starting on January 10, 2022, or run the program privately within your company.

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About this Program

Positive leaders aren’t born that way. Instead, they choose to practice positive skills every day and not allow fear and anxiety to dominate their behaviors and attitudes. Positive leaders show their employees that they care by actively listening and being compassionate to their needs. They advocate on the behalf of their team while creating and sustaining an empowered and accountable workforce. Positive leadership creates the foundation necessary to build a productive organization where employees feel good about the work they do.

This program incorporates easy to apply techniques and behaviors to build an intentional culture of positivity and engagement. Participants practice positive communication tools and approaches to proactively lead team members. Learners explore how to create and sustain an authentic culture where personal values align with the mission, vision of the company, and improve overall learning agility, adaptability, and performance.


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:

Create a positive work climate by practicing expressions of gratitude.

Set and 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

Kim Cameron

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

Robert E. Quinn

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

Anjan V. Thakor

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

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Participant Quotes | Practicing Positive Leadership

The course provided valuable material that relates to my work. I enjoyed the videos given by individuals which had expertise in the various topics discussed the reading material and the interaction with other new managers within the organization.

Part participant | Pharmaceutical Industry

This has opened my eyes to several areas of improvement for myself and my organization. Some of these concepts seem so basic but can be a missed opportunity if not practiced regularly.

Past Participant | Financial Services Industry

The information is valuable and applicable to every organization. Even the best-run companies can improve and should find value from the course.

Past Participant | Financial Services Industry

Being able to inspire through positive leadership will not only create a healthy and positive work environment, but it also improves productivity and generates positive results.

Past Participant | Retail Industry

The communications and notifications were seamlessly delivered. The content was relevant, used a variety of mediums and helped me think about a familiar topic in new and different ways.

Past participant | Insurance Industry

Program Overview

  • Week One: The Importance of Positive Leadership

    • 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
  • Week Two: Engaging and Changing Your Culture

    • Review the Griffin Hospital 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
  • Week Three: Positive Leadership in Action

    • 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
  • Week Four: Competing Values in Positive Leadership

    • 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
  • Week Five: Becoming a Purpose Driven Leader

    • 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
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