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Michigan Model of Leadership

The Michigan Model of Leadership is rooted in cutting-edge, practice-oriented research by faculty in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. It introduces a model of leadership that anyone can embrace, regardless of where they sit in an organizational hierarchy. Effective leaders in today's complex and dynamic world:

1. Have a Core Purpose

  • Commit to making a positive difference in the world
  • Approach every day as an opportunity to have an impact
  • Find higher purpose in their work
  • Leverage purpose to mobilize their teams to greater energy and performance
  • Create a legacy by leaving people, organizations, and society better off

2. Exhibit Core Values

  • Empathy, to see the world through others' eyes
  • Drive, to set and achieve challenging goals
  • Integrity, to do the right thing when no one is watching
  • Courage, to take risks and make mistakes in service of innovation and creativity

3. Take Action

  • Develop collaborative communities
  • Deliver robust results
  • Build strategic structures
  • Lead creative change

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The Michigan Model of Leadership is built upon the Competing Values Framework, which was developed by Michigan Ross faculty. It helps leaders recognize and leverage competing tensions that are inherent in organizational life. For example, they must take action to drive robust results, while also creating the conditions for employee empowerment and collaboration. They must enable creative change in organizations, while also establishing stabilizing systems and processes. These are not problems to be resolved. Rather, they are inevitable paradoxes to be managed.

Learn more by reading a recent interview with Kim Cameron, one of the architects of the Competing Values Framework.


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