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. Each module may be taken a la carte as independent courses. Participants who complete all five leadership modules within two program cycles (one year) will earn the 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:

Strategic Decision-Making & Critical Reasoning -  November 7-8, 2017

Leading Change - May 23-24, 2017 or November 28-29, 2017

Leader as Coach - June 26-27, 2017 or December 11-12, 2017

Essentials of Leadership - September 14-15, 2017

Leading High Performance Teams - October 17-18, 2017

Tuition: $2,900 per module or $13,000 for the five-module 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 High-Performance Teams; Leader as Coach

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: 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. Register online. 

Leading High Performance Teams
Instructor: D. Brent Smith, Ph.D.
Upcoming Dates: 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. Register online. 

Strategic Decision-Making and Critical Reasoning
Instructor: Vikas Mittal, Ph.D.
Upcoming Dates: 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. Register online. 

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. Register online.

Leader as Coach
Instructor: D. Brent Smith, Ph.D.
Upcoming Dates: June 26-27, 2017; December 11-12, 2017
Tuition: $2,900

The essence of leadership is leveraging the capabilities of others to get work done.  Every leader should aspire to develop a capable and competent staff to effectively deliver their individual and collective responsibilities.  In fact, every leader should aspire to develop staff to achieve greater successes than they themselves have achieved.  This course focuses on the tools and techniques that will allow you to coach and develop your staff for enhanced effectiveness, address individual performance problems and career derailers, and prepare high potentials for roles of much greater responsibility. Register online.

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)