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 two program cycles (one 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. Register online. 

Program Information

Upcoming Dates: February 16-17, 2017; March 14-15, 2017; April 11-12, 2017; May 23-24, 2017; September 14-15, 2017; October 17-18, 2017; November 7-8, 2017; November 28-29, 2017

Tuition: $2,900/course or $10,500/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.


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

Scott Sonenshein, Ph.D. Professor of 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: February 16-17, 2017; September 14-15, 2017
Tuition: $2,900

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.

Leading High Performance Teams
Instructor: D. Brent Smith, Ph.D.
Upcoming Dates: March 14-15, 2017; October 17-18, 2017
Tuition: $2,900

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.

Strategic Decision Making and Critical Reasoning
Instructor: Vikas Mittal, Ph.D.
Upcoming Dates: April 11-12, 2017; November 7-8, 2017
Tuition: $2,900

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: May 23-24, 2017; November 28-29, 2017
Tuition: $2,900

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.


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.

D. Brent Smith Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, Associate Professor of Management and Psychology (Organizational Behavior)

Vikas Mittal

J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Management (Marketing)
Scott Sonenshein

Scott Sonenshein

Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management (Organizational Behavior)