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Leadership Development

Our world is filled with challenges. More than ever before, we need leaders across society and throughout organizations whose core purpose is to make a positive difference. They must have the empathy, drive, courage, and the integrity to do the right thing even when it is not popular. We need leaders who can balance the competing tensions inherent in organizational life; leaders with a bias toward action, who can mobilize the highest potential in others.

The Ross Leadership Initiative (RLI) ranks No. 1 in the world at developing the leaders our society demands. Through action-based activities led by experts, you will learn about yourself, your personal strengths, and your opportunities for improvement. You will participate in challenging activities that will instill in you the capabilities needed to lead in today's world. By the end of the program, you will have laid the groundwork to succeed in leadership roles throughout your career.

RLI MM Programs

Impact ChallengeImpact Challenge: In this day-long, high-intensity competition, Ross' world-class faculty will introduce you to the Michigan Model of Leadership. Through an interactive exercise, you’ll map your natural strengths and weaknesses while setting your leadership development goals. Finally, you will work with a team to provide the best solution on a specific project.


Impact ChallengeStory Lab: This half-day program helps you create your personal brand, which will be useful as you go through recruiting. Guided by expert facilitators, you’ll learn to craft a story that clarifies your values and leverages your narrative to influence and make change.


Impact ChallengeLegacy Lab: In this half-day program guided by Ross faculty, you’ll deeply explore your core beliefs and reflect on opportunities to make a positive difference as you prepare to leave Ross. You’ll begin to answer the questions, "How will I invest my time and energy for maximum impact?" and "How can I begin laying the foundation for a legacy that is consistent with my principles?"