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Center for Positive Organizations
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Robert E. Quinn
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Ann Arbor Events
Blau Hall, 5th floor Colloquium, 700 East University
Ann Arbor , MI 48109

Positive Links Speaker Series

Becoming who you really are: Learning to do what organizations cannot do for you

Robert E. Quinn


About Positive Links:

Gain inspiring and practical research-based strategies for building organizations that are high performing and bring out the best in people. Learn from leading positive organizational scholars and connect with our community of academics, students, staff, and leaders.

Positive Links sessions take place at Michigan Ross, and are free and open to the public.

About Quinn's talk:

Warren Bennis wrote that becoming a leader is becoming who you really are. Research shows, counter to conventional thought, that people of transformative power develop a characteristic called idealized influence. They become models worthy of admiration, respect, trust, and emulation. They live from a moral core that generates attractive power. Without authority, they can draw the best out of others. Conventional assumptions prevent us from seeing, understanding or aspiring to this condition. 

This limitation constrains organizational efforts in leadership development. Organizations cannot do what they spend much money trying to do. They can develop managers but they cannot develop leaders. This means we have to own our own leadership development. This session will explore how to become who you really are and how to help those around you to do the same.

About Quinn:

Robert E. Quinn is the Margaret Elliot Tracy Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. Quinn is one of the co-founders of the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship, an area of inquiry that seeks to understand the best of the human condition. He had published eighteen books on purpose, leadership, and change. He is a fellow of the Academy of Management and has received multiple awards for both teaching and research.

Host: Gretchen Spreitzer, faculty director of the Center for Positive Organizations; Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Management and Organizations

Sponsors: The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane (BA ’73) and Paul (MBA ‘75) Jones for their support of the 2017-18 Positive Links Speaker Series.


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