Paul M. Heroman



The Center for Leadership is led by Paul M. Heroman, an acknowledged transformational turn-around leader with 30 years’ of experience instituting market-focused quality improvement to stabilize businesses, reduce costs, grow revenue, and develop staff. Five years ago, Heroman began translating his deep experience in corporate and nonprofit leadership into his passion for developing future leaders in today’s workforce, obtaining his Executive MBA in his transition to corporate education and development. Heroman is a hands-on guide and mentor who knows the challenges leaders face—from middle managers to C-suite executives—and is committed to providing the practical knowledge and resources needed to help people lead and organizations succeed.


Private sector experience

Heroman has deep private and public sector experience managing the success of domestic and international organizations, including first-hand experience in operations, process engineering, profit-and-loss management, customer service, accounting, and human resource management. His broad experience brings practical, straightforward wisdom to solving the challenges leaders face in today’s ever-changing, global economy.


Heroman holds an Executive MBA with honors from the University of Notre Dame. He received a Certificate of Executive Integral Leadership from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and has pursued continuing education in Leadership and in Quality Improvement processes. He also holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.


Teaching and mentoring

By managing scores of organizations with extraordinary results, Heroman understands the value of good leadership and has been widely recognized for his coaching and mentoring approach to staff development. He’s inventive, creative, and isn’t afraid to step out and try new things. Heroman enjoys working with emerging leaders and was recently named as a mentor for students in GVSU’s Full-Time Integrated MBA program (FIMBA).


Civic interests

Heroman has been actively involved with Rotary International for 20 years, serving as the past president of the Grand Rapids East Club. He is currently president of Rotary East Charities (which supports nonprofit youth programs). He chaired the club’s Life Leadership program, and has served on the board of directors for nearly a decade. Heroman was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Rotary Foundation four times and has additionally served as director of two nonprofit boards.


On leadership development

As leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure the future—to foster the effective transfer of knowledge and thinking. And that’s embedded in the mission of the Center for Leadership—developing a generation of leaders who know how to do the right thing—for the people and organizations they serve.”


On inspiration

“I continue to be inspired by the work of Peter Drucker and Chester I. Barnard—two pioneers in leadership thought. The works of these early thinkers are as relevant today as when they were written decades ago and they continue to inform the philosophical and practical foundations of modern business. They remind me that innovative leadership isn’t a new thing, and that we have much to learn from those who have come before us.”


Recommended reads

Go back to basics and read (or re-read) The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker. It’s amazingly prescient. In the 1950s, Drucker predicted many major developments of the late 20th century, including privatization, decentralization, the importance of marketing, and the emergence of the information society. Decades ago, he coined the term ‘knowledge worker’ and later in life considered the productivity of knowledge workers as the next frontier in management.”


Favorite quote on leadership

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” Harvey S. Firestone


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