Rice classes help students formulate and articulate informed perspectives on
leadership that draw deeply from the humanities, conform to the methodological
requirements of the social sciences, and are applicable to the challenges and
opportunities leaders face today. While some Leadership Rice courses emphasize
the intellectual foundations of leadership, others focus on cultivating the
skills required of effective leaders.
are offered in both the fall and spring semesters, are open to students of all
years and majors, and may be taken independently of each other.
150 Leadership in a Professional Context
credit. Pre-req: Leading Edge Workshop
course prepares students for self-selected internships by familiarizing them
with essential leadership concepts and keys to success in professional
contexts. Approval required by Leadership Rice.
250 Leadership and Professional Excellence
credits. Only for SME fellows.
This course prepares students to exceed expectations and lead in their Summer Mentorship
Experience. Students will develop capacities
to engage others, execute goals and objectives, and make lasting impacts in professional
settings. Students will expand their
personal leadership capacities and gain a clear understanding of what it takes to
succeed at the highest levels of a professional organization. Required of, and limited to, students admitted
to the SME program.
301/HUMA 312 Historical and Intellectual Foundations of Leadership
credits - Distribution I (Spring); Instructor - Jeremy Grace
The focus of this course is to construct a historically informed philosophy of
leadership that encompasses not just what leadership is but why it is valued,
when it is legitimate, what its moral purpose is, and how it both shapes and
reflects societal norms.
309 Leadership: Theory to Practice
credits (Fall); Instructor – Dr.
This course is designed to help students develop a conceptual, practical, and
personal understanding of leadership. By reviewing research and case
studies, students will learn leadership skills such as building self-knowledge,
dealing with ethical challenges, developing networks, and leading change.
Students will also explore their own capabilities and potential.
311 Leadership and Creativity
credit (Fall); Instructor – Judy Le
Do creative people become leaders? Does the process of leadership require
creativity? We will explore these questions by reviewing research and case
studies and by engaging in experiential exercises. Students will also
learn about the role of leadership in fostering creativity in groups,
organizations, and within their own decision making.
LEAD 313: Entrepreneurial Leadership
Instructor - Delano Brissett
Entrepreneurial Leadership provides students with a survey of leadership issues and practices in an entrepreneurial business and social context, along with an understanding of fundamental business elements of importance to entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Through discussions with established entrepreneurial leaders in the Houston community, ongoing readings, group discussions, and special presentations, students experience the challenging interplay between business demands and effective leadership. Delano Brissett is the Founder and CEO of Wynston, an online career and technical education start-up. He has worked with Teach for America, the Robinhood Foundation, and Boston Consulting Group. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Standford. Delano was recently named one of 50 under 40 emerging social entrepreneurs by the Social Enterprise Alliance and American Express.
credits (Fall & Spring);
Instructor – Dr. Deborah Barrett
Powerful communication skills are essential for effective leadership, and LEAD
321 equips students to articulate ideas with poise, confidence, and clarity. Students
develop written, oral, interpersonal, and team skills while developing an
understanding of leadership communication in different contexts, including
specific fields of study. The Leadership Communication class gives students the
opportunity to practice the types of communication that will be required of
them in the workplace and that will be crucial for their success.
credits (Spring); Instructor – Dr.
Applied Leadership is a leadership skills development course focused on
practical applications in negotiation, organizational communication, and
consulting. The course explores power, influence, and persuasion in
organizational contexts and allows students to practice advanced leadership
skills, such as conflict management, change management, negotiation,
delegation, and group facilitation, with an emphasis on supervising,
persuading,and motivating others. Coursework assumes competence in fundamental
communication skills, such as are developed in LEAD 321 - Leadership
Communication, BUSI 296 - Business Communication, or one of the HUMA courses
focused on writing and speaking. Students completing this course will be
prepared to exercise strategic influence from any point in an organizational
hierarchy, whether interacting with supervisors, peers, or subordinates.
330 Leadership in Higher Education
1 credit (Fall); Instructor – Dr.
Higher education leadership involves ambiguity, diffuse power structures, and
often long time horizons. There are few 'precisely right' answers at the moment
a decision must be made, although there are courses of action that are better
than others. In this class we'll explore actions taken by leaders facing
335 Crisis Leadership
1 credit (Spring); Instructor –
Dr. Kevin Kirby
Change is at the heart of leadership and the most challenging leadership
experiences often occur during times of crisis when change is unfolding at a breathtaking
pace. Leadership strategies employed during crises can be quite different than
times of routine change. In this course we'll explore courses of action, both
taken and not taken, by leaders facing extraordinary decisions during major
public crises such as the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Swine Flu in 1976, and
Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
545/ENGI 545 Structured Problem Solving
credits (Spring); Instructor – Dr.
This course shows how to become
a better problem solver by applying a rigorous, structured approach to the solution
process. It explains how to combine innovative and critical thinking to, first,
identify the right problem, to solve, and then develop proper solutions for it.
Topics include problem definition cards, the use of issue trees, hypothesis-driven
analysis, persuasive communication, and teamwork. Each student brings one problem
- on which they work over the semester - and frequently shares their progress with
the group as these problems become case studies