The Art and Practice of Influencing Without Authority

Practice how to influence and gain support from others beyond the responsibilities inherent to your job’s position or title. Be prepared to challenge your assumptions on what it really means to create positive change. 

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Through interactive activities utilizing Harvard Kennedy School’s Adaptive Leadership framework, engage in a “case-in-point” method of teaching which allows you to experience the concepts at work during the course.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
PCOM1904.S19.1 Judy Le On-campus 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019

Instructor: Judy Le

Judy Le is the president of TakeRoot, LLC, a consulting company focused on leadership development and coaching. Prior to starting TakeRoot, she most recently served as director of Leadership Rice at Rice University. In this role, she created and facilitated classes, workshops, and programs in leadership, professionalism, and creativity, and worked with organizations across the country to instill a culture of mentoring and talent development. She holds a master's degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree from Rice University.

Term: Spring/Summer 2019

Start Date: Apr. 11, 2019

End Date: Apr. 12, 2019

Schedule: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Length: One Thursday and one Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $400

CEUs: 1.5


  • Young professionals eager to add value to organizations and communities in which they live and work
  • New managers wanting to build skills to lead their teams and influence their organizations
  • Seasoned professionals grappling with change and recurring problems
  • Anyone who is passionate about an issue or an organization and seeks to create positive change
  • Anyone intent on developing their leadership skills, no matter where they are in their careers
  • Understand that leadership is an activity, not a position
  • Untangle power and authority from leadership
  • Realize the critical need to quickly adapt to a rapidly changing world
  • Discover a sense of your own capacities to impact change
  • Learn new ways of thinking about leadership and reflect upon your own capacities to lead
  • Apply class concepts to a personal leadership challenge

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