Bob Quinn

December 05, 2017

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public; an optional 45 min. companion workshop to follow

Michigan Ross Campus, Blau Hall, 700 East University, Colloquium, 5th Floor, Ann Arbor

Robert E. Quinn
Co-founder, Center for Positive Organizations
Margaret Elliott Tracy Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Michigan Ross

About the 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.

An optional 45 minute companion workshop will follow the talk.

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 has 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.


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


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.


Click here to support the Center for Positive Organizations and keep these events free and open to all.

See all Positive Links events