The Ross Leaders Academy (RLA) is the Sanger Leadership Center’s premier leadership development community for select students across campus. During the year-long program, you’ll make leadership development a primary focus of your Michigan experience. You’ll learn from a diverse set of peers, receive 1:1 coaching, and engage with 30+ years of powerful research advanced by the University of Michigan’s innovative faculty. You’ll emerge RLA more confident, more insightful, and with a vision to fuel your emerging career.
RLA kicks off in the fall with an exciting event and wraps up in the spring with a closing celebration.
RLA is made possible with generous support from the Deloitte Foundation, which is committed to enabling transformational learning experiences like RLA.
The application deadline has passed for 2021-2022. The next opportunity to get involved will be in Fall 2022.
“I entered the RLA program with a hope to transforming into a better leader and it took me less than a session to realize that transformation starts with self-awareness. RLA not only helped me understand my values and purpose but also pushed me to tie my actions with my values. Most importantly, I am not shy anymore to show that I am vulnerable and that is helping me to learn and grow in my leadership journey.”
- Applications are opened in the summer and are due in September
- Select students will then be invited to a community interview
- The selection committee releases decisions on the cohort in early October
2021-2022 Academic Year
- Application live: 8/23/21
- Application due: 9/10/21
- Community interviews: 9/23 & 9/24
- Kickoff session: 10/25
- Fridays, 10 AM-12:15 PM
- 2021: 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3
- 2022: 1/21, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11 (Closing event)
Sessions are 2.25 hours long and will take place on Friday mornings from 10 AM-12:15 PM. Sessions may require reflection in between each, for a total of about 8 hours per month. 1:1 coaching will be scheduled separately based on your availability.
- Deep interest in leadership development, personal growth, and lifelong learning
- Any U-M Student (Junior, Seniors, and Graduate students)
- Ability to attend all sessions
Participation in all sessions is integral to gaining the full benefit of the program. Students who miss more than two sessions will not receive the program completion certificate. We ask that participants bring conflicting dates to our attention during the kickoff event.
Skills You’ll Learn
Working with Diverse Individuals
The academy includes graduate and undergraduate students drawn from all of the university’s schools and colleges. You’ll collaborate with this diverse group of students to advance your own learning, while supporting, coaching, and developing others.
You will also be challenged to stretch beyond your current self, try new things, develop new capabilities, and proactively lead your own learning journey. We’ll provide tools, resources, and encouragement to leave your comfort zone behind.
You will deepen understanding of the purpose, values, motivators, roles, and activities that bring out the best in you. Along the way, you’ll form habits of reflection that will power your lifelong pursuit of greater self-knowledge.
Building Strong Networks
Your career advancement, influence, and impact will depend to a large degree on the quality of your network. The academy will enable you to build strong, trusting relationships across sectors, industries, and disciplines.