Building Leadership on Strengths

Increasing employee engagement, driving innovation and change, and stimulating top-level performance involves taking a positive new approach to leadership that builds on strengths.

Run jointly by IESE Business School and Michigan’s Ross School of Business, this program will provide you with the techniques and tools you need to stimulate performance in others by focusing on their strengths.


  • Learn how to cultivate a mindful and mission-driven work environment that empowers and engages employees.
  • Examine the importance of self-awareness to motivate growth at both individual and organizational levels.
  • Learn techniques to unlock the highest potential within oneself and others.
  • Make a step-by-step plan to address leadership challenges in your organization.

In “Become a Positive Leader to Accelerate Positive Change“, you will engage in an exciting, introspective, and intense opportunity to reflect on yourself and your organization. You will explore in detail the following topics:

The Positive Leadership Framework

  • The BPL framework
  • Application of the framework to personal and organizational realms

Enabling Spectacular Performance and an Exceptional Culture

  • Tools and techniques to motivate employees
  • Setting the stage for implementation to excel

Character Development (Nurture Versus Nature)

  • Self-awareness and development of positive qualities
  • Leveraging crisis situations as opportunities for resilience and learning

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Basilica: Drawing Inspiration from Gaudí

  • Motivating others with a sense of purpose and mission
  • Creativity for overcoming challenges and constraints
  • Evaluating the present to create an alternative future

Reflected “Best Self” Exercise

  • Customized feedback on your strengths and strength profile
  • Creating a picture of you at your best

Deep Change

  • Understanding the power of emotions and managing them in professional environments
  • Clarifying values and purpose

Creating a Positive Organizational Culture

  • Positive climate: stress prevention; mindfulness and well-being
  • Pros, cons and sustainability of a positive culture

High-Quality Connections and Energy Networks

  • Understanding the power of high-quality connections and learning how to create them to impact the future
  • Trust and empowerment

Action Plan: Change Starts With You

  • Planning and positioning for excellence
  • Development of a 21-day personal action plan

Is This Program Right for You?

The “Become a Positive Leader to Accelerate Positive Change” program targets human resource professionals and their teams; executives who are spearheading change or in the midst of a career transformation; and leaders who aspire to develop creative, committed and constructive teams.


The faculty of the “Become a Positive Leader to Accelerate Positive Change” program  is made up of professionals who are involved not only in teaching but in research and the business world.

Alberto Ribera
Academic director

Professor of the Practice of Management of Managing People in Organizations
Doctor of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
PhD in Economics, UIC (Barcelona)
Specialist in Social and Preventive Medicine (Mental Health), Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Certificate in Personality Assessment, University of Minnesota
Kim Cameron
Academic director

William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations, University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business
MA and PhD in Administrative Sciences, Yale University

Anneloes Raes
Associate Professor of Managing People in Organizations
PhD in Organizational Behavior, Maastricht University
MSc in Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherland



Shawn Quinn | University of Michigan Business School

Shawn Quinn
Master’s degree in Organizational & Social Psychology from Columbia University
BSc in Psychology, University of Utah
Experienced Based Learning and Training from National Training Labs (NTL).

The program combines a wide range of highly dynamic and interactive teaching methodologies, including group discussions, class lectures, exercises, the case study method and a computer simulation, all aimed to hone your skills as an agent of change.

This combination of teaching methods has been strategically designed to foster an optimal learning environment.

The on-campus edition takes place on the school’s Barcelona campus.

To ensure participants get the most out of the program, they will be asked to read the academic materials provided two weeks before the program’s start date.

Admission Process & Fees
The on-campus edition of the program has a four-step admission process:

  1. Participants must complete and submit the Barcelona (March), Barcelona (October)
  2. The Executive Education Department will contact the participant by email to acknowledge receipt of the application. It will also provide information about the program dates, sending of prior study materials and the bank details needed to pay tuition.
  3. The participant pays tuition (payment must be made before the start of the course and before prior study materials are sent). This is an essential prerequisite for participating in the program.
  4. Two weeks before the start of the program, participants will receive an email with a username giving them access to IESE’s Virtual Campus, where initial study materials will be available.

The program fee is tax-exempt and includes academic materials and lunches. It does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

The program requires preparatory coursework, which will be made available three weeks before the start date. Payment is required in order to access this material. Check the cancellation policy below.

Do you know about our corporate agreements and fees for multiple registrations? Feel free to ask us.

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Arranging Payment
We accept payments by credit card, check or wire. For more payment information, please reference your invoice.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received within 20 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a cancellation fee equivalent to 25% of the program fee. IESE reserves the right to cancel this edition of the program or to change the dates up to 20 days prior to its start. IESE is under no circumstances responsible for travel expenses incurred. Participants should consider travel cancellation coverage in the exceptional event that the program is cancelled or that participants are unable to attend for personal or professional reasons.


March 1-5, 2021

October 25-29, 2021


IESE Barcelona
(+34) 93 253 4200
How to arrive


Michigan Ross




  • IESE offers you the opportunity of designing a personalized development plan. With the support of an academic adviser, you will ll select at least four focused programs that address your unique interests and learning objectives. Once completed, you will receive the IESE Executive Education Certificate and become elegible to join IESE’s Alumni Association.

    Contact an adviser – Learn more about our Focused Programs portfolio and the ones that best reflect your development needs.

     Request the Executive Education Certificate – If you have already completed four or more programs and meet the requirements, you can apply for your certificate here.

  • IESE’s Executive Education Certificate offers a series of key benefits:

     Professional guidance with an IESE adviser.

    5% discount on any future focused program.

     Possibility of becoming a member of the Alumni Association, which delivers a broad array of exclusive benefits, ranging from professional support services to access to more than 300 Alumni learning sessions per year. Delivered around the world, sessions are a chance to learn and build your network.

  • To receive the IESE Executive Education Certificate you must meet the following requirements:

    Complete at least four focused programs (in English or Spanish).

    Programs must be completed within three years.

    Programs should amount to a minimum of 13 days of learning. You can view the focused programs calendar here for a list of available programs.


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