Becoming a leader with Julia Lee Cunningham

May 3, 2023

Center for Positive Organizations Faculty Co-Director Julia Lee Cunningham shares “The First Step to Becoming a Leader: Believing You Can Be One,” in this Entrepreneur article.

Julia discusses the different layers or leadership, leadership roles, and the identities surrounding it. She explains that many people feel since they do not sit at the top within their organization, that leadership roles do not fall onto them. Many people also do not see themselves as a leader. Even if you do not hold a leadership role, Julia shares that employees who embrace and envision being a leader will become valuable to organizations.

In this article you will learn about the evolution of leadership and the three primary types of reputational fears that may avert one from leadership.

Julia Lee Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan.