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Ross is Rated No. 1 for Leadership Development

10/14/2009 --

Top ranking demonstrates the school's excellence in leadership education among all of its programs.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Leadership Excellence magazine has chosen the Ross School of Business as its top pick for 2009 Best in Leadership Development among business schools and leadership programs at other institutions of higher education.

Ross Dean Bob Dolan says the No. 1 ranking is gratifying and is a testament to the Ross School's excellence in leadership education across its BBA, Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Education programs.

"Our whole approach to business education, from undergraduate education through our MBA programs and executive programs, is based on the conviction that great quantitative skills are necessary but not sufficient," he says. "We believe it is part of the responsibility of a great business school to ask students to confront difficult questions of leadership.

"We're often asked whether leadership can be taught. The answer is yes. It means creating activities that require students to understand their own individual working styles and to understand the complex web of stakeholder relationships in which any organization operates."

In addition to higher education, Leadership Excellence ranks the Best in Leadership Development in categories including large organizations, small-to-midsize organizations, nonprofits, government/military, large consulting groups, and consultants/trainers/coaches.

The Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's JFK School of Government and the business schools at the University of Chicago, UCLA, and University of Southern California round out the top five in the higher education category behind Ross.

Leadership Excellence, published monthly, promotes leadership development, managerial effectiveness, and organizational productivity.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,