Institute for Effective Leadership Accepting Applicants


Publication Date: 8/4/2009

The Institute for Effective Leadership at Rhodes is now accepting applicants for its eight-month program that uses classic literary works to teach leadership strategies.

The format of class sessions is one of lively discussions and exchange of ideas about creativity, empowerment, charisma, power and strategy, and ethics and values. Course materials range from Machiavelli’s The Prince and Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, as well as speeches by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and the film “12 Angry Men.” 

Discussions are led by Rhodes professors who teach in the same disciplines as the selected classic works. Steven Priddy, retired vice president of human resources at FedEx Corp, is the institute’s business facilitator and helps the class tie together the classic and contemporary prototypes with leadership theory.

Enrollment is limited to 25 and preference will be given to early applicants. A savings of $100 is available to those who register by September 1. For a program brochure, costs and deposits, call (901) 843-3965 or email

Participants will meet the third Wednesday (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) from October 2009 to May 2010 in Dorothy King Hall on the Rhodes campus.
The Institute for Effective Leadership is a program of the Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning.