Rhodes’ Institute for Executive Leadership Now Accepting Enrollees


Publication Date: 6/19/2007

Beginning its 12th season, the Institute for Executive Leadership at Rhodes is now accepting enrollees for its nine-month program that uses great works of literature to study today’s leadership, political and management issues. A savings of $100 is available to those who register by July 1. For a program brochure, costs and deposits, call (901) 843-3965 or email whittaker@rhodes.edu.

The Institute for Executive Leadership is a program of Rhodes’ Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning. 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 Oedipus the King, Machiavelli’s The Prince and Melville’s short stories to articles by Peter Drucker and the Harvard Business School as well films such as the “Dead Poets Society” and “Paths of Glory.” 

“Good books, stimulating discussion and a wonderful group of participants, moderators and instructors are the recipe that makes the program a unique, invigorating experience,” says George Shadroui, a past Institute participant and vice president of communications at ALSAC/St. Jude. “I highly recommend it to any leader or potential leader who needs an infusion of energy and ideas.”

The Institute, which begins with an introductory session on September 5, is limited to 25 participants who will meet the third Wednesday (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) of each month in King Hall. Rhodes faculty members from a variety of disciplines lead the sessions, and a facilitator from the business community helps the class tie together the classic and contemporary prototypes with leadership theory.