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Leadership Principles Certificate Program

Reach new levels of success by discovering your leadership style and refining your skills for maximum impact.

Rice University's Leadership Principles Certificate is designed to assist those aspiring to leadership roles reach new levels of success by teaching cutting-edge leadership and management concepts and providing tools and resources for integration of learning into everyday practice. This certificate is an effective way to scale learning for maximum impact and is guided by research-based assessments.

Our program is a comprehensive program that covers a wide range of leadership competencies that use evidence-based techniques to work with others, solve problems and drive results.

  • Leading Yourself: Develop your personal purpose and focusing on managing complexity, the emotionally intelligent leader and mastering adaptability.
  • Leading Teams: Build high performing teams by focusing on developing teams, leading teams, delivering and receiving feedback and handling team conflict.
  • Leading Businesses: Drive execution by learning tools to leading change, leading under constraints and complete this program with an action learning project.
  • Action Learning Project Capstone: This certificate program includes a Action Learning Project capstone, providing opportunity to integrate skills into one meaningful and job-relevant activity, a tangible take-away for employers and employees, alike.


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  • Emerging leaders from any industry with a desire to acquire concrete skills to better understand themselves and to lead those around them

  • Middle managers who are new to their role and need a more solid foundation in team building, team effectiveness and strategy execution

  • Individual contributors who want to move into a leadership position managing a team or department

  • Small business owners who need a toolkit to help them lead their organization in the dynamic, challenging context of running a business

Top-Tier Learning Institution

Rice is a trusted, comprehensive research university that fosters a diverse intellectual environment and has a track record of producing the next leaders in every field imaginable. We are offering affordable and flexible courses and certificate programs for professionals throughout their careers. We are your partner in accomplishing your professional goals.

Tailor Your Experience

This program uses both psychometric assessments and a series of self and multi-rater assessments to help tailor your experience.

Tangible Skills and Online Resources

After successful completion, you are prepared to implement a wide range of skills making you more effective in your current role and prepares you for the next stage in your career. You also have access to additional online resources to build your leadership strategy.

Flexible Schedule

This program includes time between sessions for reflection, hands-on development of skills, and group coaching sessions with highly skilled professional coaches.

Session I Friday, March 5, 2021, 9 a.m. - noon Central time 

Session II Friday, March 19, 2021, 9 a.m. - noon Central time

Session III Friday, April 2, 2021, 9 a.m. - noon. Central time

Session IV Friday, April 16, 2021, 9 a.m. - noon Central time

Session V Friday, April 30, 2021, 9 a.m. - noon Central time

Session VI Friday, May 7, 2021, 9 a.m. - noon Central time

*Schedule subject to change

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

The Glasscock School offers a payment plan that allows participants to split the fee into two equal payments. A 50% deposit is required at the time of admittance, and the total balance must be submitted before the start of the first session.

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