Leadership Development

What is Leadership?

Leadership at the University of Michigan is the ability to achieve exceptional results by transforming the organization and developing people to create the future.

Leaders engage colleagues individually and in teams to face challenges and then work together to advance the research, teaching, service and other mission-aligned goals of the university.

All colleagues can and should lead from their position within the organization. Everyone can support the university and its initiatives by sharing their knowledge, expertise and passion for the university with their colleagues.

Leadership Development

At its core, leadership development is a continuous process that should be focused, strategic and embedded in your career at every stage. With that philosophy in mind, our leadership development resources are designed to encourage leaders at all levels to continually focus on their development.

Development Strategy

A leader's development should include a variety of activities.

  • Experience is the most beneficial; it enables a leader to discover and refine job-related skills, make decisions, address challenges and interact with influential people. Leaders can learn from their mistakes and receive immediate feedback on their performance.
  • Exposure includes learning from others through a variety of activities that include social learning, coaching, mentoring, collaborative learning and other methods of interaction with peers. Encouragement and feedback are prime benefits of this valuable learning approach.
  • Education comes from formal traditional courseware instruction and other educational events, classroom and online. It also includes books, attending conferences and reading professional journals.

The Development Journey provides more information about these types of activities and a strategy for incorporating them in your professional life.

Michigan Expectations Model

Expectations provide key attributes and competencies that all U-M leaders are expected to demonstrate in their roles.

Who We Are

Leadership Development is a unit of Organizational Learning. Organizational Learning supports professional and career development, leadership development and culture change initiatives (diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and sexual misconduct).