Mission, Vision & Values


Accelerating leader development through bold ideas, transformative experiences, and inclusive communities.

At the Sanger Leadership Center, we believe that leadership is a skill, like reading or math, that everyone can learn. We seek to democratize the leadership development process by providing students, alumni, and external affiliates with the bold ideas, transformative experiences, and inclusive communities needed to self-guide and accelerate leadership development. Empowering students across diverse backgrounds to develop the character and skills needed to become principled, inclusive leaders is now more important than ever in today’s unpredictable world.

Located at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, our center serves as an important bridge between student learners and thought leaders in both research and practice. The cornerstone of our teachings is the Michigan Model of Leadership, a model based on 50 years of research generated at the University of Michigan (U-M). Our award-winning, multidisciplinary board of faculty champions regularly contribute new ideas to the scholarly study of leader development. Our students and alumni regularly engage with one another at Sanger programs and learning communities to help each other continue to develop as leaders at U-M and beyond. We aim to have a deep impact on the world by graduating students who will lead with their values at the forefront and with a mindset that they can always learn new skills and grow on their leadership journey.

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To be known as the best center for leader development experiences, ideas, and tools which make a better world.

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What we strive to do each and every day


Cultivate Inclusive Community

The experiences we create for our team and stakeholders are spaces where people feel welcome, safe, and valued in all of their identities. We are committed to sincere curiosity, respect, and understanding different perspectives.

Deliver High-Quality Results

We hold ourselves to a high standard and think long-term about how our team and our Center will impact the world.

Nurture a Growth Mindset

We identify as lifelong learners who are committed to continual improvement and adaptation, both in our programs and as holistic people.

Own Our Work

We each have a critical role to play, but we do not own in isolation. We take responsibility and pride for our work, while we collaborate with others who weigh in with valuable experiences and powerful ideas.

Foster Joy

We strive to create a work environment where people are celebrated and find fulfillment and value in their work.