Self Awareness and the Effective Leader
School: Rice University
Registration Link: REGISTER HERE
Start Date: October 9, 2017 (5 Weeks Long)
Workload: 3-5 Hours Per Week
Instructor: David Van Kleeck
Credentials: A newbie to academia, Van Kleeck joined the Rice faculty in 2014 as professor in engineering leadership. A Ph.D. in chemical engineering who also rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, Van Kleeck spent 34 years at Shell, including leadership stints in R&D and recruiting.
Graded: To earn a passing mark, students must complete all graded assignments.
Description: Often, it’s what people don’t know that ruins their careers. Deficits in technical skills are easy to spot — and rectify one way or another. However, soft skills are what make-or-break leaders. Listening, communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, poise, decision-making, flexibility, integrity, professionalism: These are the attributes that help leaders gain trust, which produces buy-in and (ultimately) results. Too often, leaders are unaware how they come across to others. Forcefulness can be interpreted as closed-mindedness or salty language for a lack of composure and maturity. This course focuses on helping prospective leaders become aware of their strengths and weaknesses in their interpersonal skills, to help them convey confidence, openness, and a can-do spirit.
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