In the Ross Leaders Academy, you’ll make leadership development a primary focus of your Michigan experience.
The Ross Leaders Academy (RLA) is a year-long, advanced leadership development program for select students at the University of Michigan. Participants learn from a diverse set of peers, receive team executive coaching, and engage with 30+ years of powerful ideas advanced by Michigan Ross. You’ll emerge RLA more confident, more insightful, and with a vision to fuel your emerging career.
RLA is made possible with generous support from the Deloitte Foundation, which is committed to enabling transformational learning experiences like this for students like you.
Leadership Skills You’ll Practice:
Reflective Leadership: Build your leadership mindset and capabilities and learn to increase your influence in daily life at U-M and in the workplace. Benefit from a variety of resources to advance your leadership development (awareness-building activities, structured reflection sessions, team-based executive coaching).
Communication: Develop a living statement that’s unique and articulates your leadership philosophy, values, purpose, strengths, and learning agenda in a way that enables you to tell your story and navigate daily challenges.
Working with Others: Collaborate with a diverse set of other students to support your learning while honing the skills to support, coach, and develop others. You’ll set goals and success metrics while establishing clear priorities to ensure accountability.
RLA Sessions Are...
Action-based: We believe that leadership development happens through action. Expect to be on your feet, outdoors, and all around campus completing various activities with your teammates.
Reflective: We’ll take a break from the action often to reflect and think about what those experiences -- and your everyday experiences -- mean for your leadership journey.
Inspiring: RLA meets in different locations across campus and Ann Arbor to reinforce the topic we are discussing. We might be at ZingTrain one session, at Crisler Center, or anywhere in between.