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    Leaders at all levels take initiative, think and plan strategically
    and overcome obstacles to impact the bottom line.



    Leaders at all levels take initiative, think and plan strategically and overcome obstacles to impact the bottom line. Participants will focus on developing their own skills, as well as exploring strategies for building a high performing team, overcoming communication challenges, managing change in the workplace and building the organizational future. Programs will feature discussion, cases, assessments, and simulation to drive facility with frameworks for immediate application upon returning to work. Individuals who take all leadership courses within 2 program cycles (1 year) earn a Graduate Certificate in Leadership.

    Who Should Attend
    Participants come from a variety of industries and levels of experience, and all aspire to become more effective in their leadership and to take on greater leadership challenges. The courses are particularly suited for those transitioning into roles with great leadership responsibility.

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    Program Information

    Upcoming Dates: July 28-29, 2015; September 29-30, 2015; October 27-28, 2015; November 17-18, 2015; March 3-4, 2016; April 5-6, 2016; April 26-27, 2016; May 24-25, 2016
    Tuition: $2,500/course or $9,000/certificate; Tuition includes class materials, and daily breakfast and lunch. It is expected that applicants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The university is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.
    Register for Program  


    D. Brent Smith, Ph.D.: Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education | Essentials Of Leadership; Leading And Managing High-Performance Teams

    Scott Sonenshein, Ph.D. : Associate Professor in Management  | Leading Change

    Vikas Mittal, Ph.D.: J. Hughe Liedtke Professor of Marketing | Strategic Decision Making & Critical Reasoning

    Essentials Of Leadership

    Instructor: Brent Smith, Ph.D.  
    Upcoming Dates: July 28-29, 2015; March 3-4, 2016
    Tuition: $2,500

    Highly successful companies have leadership at all levels, and this program will consider the differences between leadership and management. By examining personal style and disposition, participants will identify the areas of their management style that are strengths and will support their transition into greater levels of responsibility and, perhaps more importantly, identify critical development areas that may hinder their future performance. In addition, understanding differing levels of leadership and transition points allow participants to balance different systems such as networks, job rotation, and action learning with traditional coaching and mentoring techniques.


    Strategic Decision Making & Critical Reasoning

    Instructor: Vikas Mittal, Ph.D.
    Upcoming Dates: September 29-30, 2015; April 5-6, 2016
    Tuition: $2,500

    The best designed process and technical mastery does not necessarily lead to optimal decisions and outcomes, yet career success is often linked to competence in high stakes decision making. After understanding the core elements of individual and group reasoning, participants become more attune to unconscious bias through cases, short role plays, and a personal assessment on the role of emotions.

    Leading Change

    Instructor: Scott Sonenshein, Ph.D.
    Upcoming Dates: October 27-28, 2015; May 24-25, 2016
    Tuition: $2,500


    Most change initiatives fail to meet their intended objectives. Discover how to lead successful change through diagnosis, stakeholder analysis, influence, and adaptation. Participants learn how to navigate common pitfalls and foster widespread participation using case studies and experiential learning.


    Leading And Managing High-Performance Teams

    Instructor: D. Brent Smith, Ph.D.
    Upcoming Dates: November 17-18, 2015; April 26-27, 2016
    Tuition: $2,500

    High achieving teams focus the creative energy of individuals towards an outcome, while ineffective teams are hampered by internal conflict and poor decision-making. By analyzing the characteristics of high performing teams and understanding the ripple effects of individual preference, participants will leave the course with techniques to successfully organize teams, create organizational enablers, manage conflict, and derive success.

    Cancellation Policy

    Attendance at a Rice University Executive Education program requires significant advance preparation. Written notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days prior to the program start date to be eligible for a full refund less a 6% administrative fee. At Rice University Executive Education’s discretion, qualified substitutes for confirmed registrations may be accommodated prior to the program start date with written notice and will incur no fee for substitution. Notice given after 30 days prior to the program will not be eligible for a refund.