What is the Doerr Institute for New Leaders? DINL is a large scale leader development enterprise at Rice University.
Which school at Rice hosts the DINL? The DINL is not under a school or any other institute. The Director reports directly to the Provost and the President.
What is the DINL's mission? The mission of the Institute is to elevate the leadership capacity of Rice students across the university.
How can students compete to be included? There are no competitions. All Rice students may take advantage of DINL offerings at various points in their student experience.
Does DINL work with graduate or undergraduate students?
DINL has initiatives for both graduate and undergraduate students—approximately 6200 students—at Rice.
How is DINL unique from other leadership programs? Most leadership programs reach relatively small numbers of students. DINL is focused on providing opportunities across the university.
Does DINL use mentors or other advisors? DINL employs only professional leadership coaches whose training is approved by the International Coach Federation, a global certifying organization for coaches and coach training. At present we do not use mentors or other untrained advisors.
What's the difference between a mentor and a coach? Mentors are people with greater experience than the people they mentor, and so mentoring is a power relationship, usually in alignment with a specific career path. Mentors often give advice and can be excellent for networking and career development. ICF certified coaches are professional leader developers with specific education, training, ethical standards, and experience developing their clients. Coaches establish a supportive relationship, in that the student client holds the power and the coach helps to shape the student's development in a tailored fashion. Coaches almost never give specific advice, instead they help student clients reach their own conclusions and goals. Coaches are excellent leader developers.
Does DINL use "life coaches?"No. Our coaches are professional leader developers, with ICF approved training and certifications.
Does DINL offer credit or certificates for those who participate? No. Research clearly indicates that people who learn to lead with external incentives often stop actively learning when the incentives are no longer in place. Our goal is to create lifelong learners and for students to continue to develop as leaders after graduation. We seek to incentivize students by offering exceptionally high quality experiences.
How does DINL or Rice define leadership? We don't. Our leader developers help students develop their own pragmatic definition of leadership based on two cultures: their culture of origin, and the culture in which they wish to eventually work. This flexibility is key to tailoring development across our fabulously diverse student body.
Are there similar programs at other schools? Rice has the most progressive and widely available leader development opportunities among the top 20 schools, both in the US and globally. Just the fact that every Rice student will be offered tailored leader development by their own professional leadership coach sets Rice apart from every major university in the country.
What do the DINL programs like professional leadership coaching cost? DINL opportunities are offered at no cost to students.
What are some of the other DINL initiatives aside from professional leader development coaching? DINL has initiatives to develop graduate students doing research in teams through an evidence-based team development model, DINL offers grants to staff and faculty who do research or teaching that impacts leader development at Rice, DINL serves as to organize and create synergies among all leader development initiatives at Rice, and DINL serves as a creative test bed for leader development technologies, techniques, and procedures.
Who are DINL's competitors? We seek to provide the finest leader development opportunities to our students among any top 20 schools, but we are transparent about our methods. We do not view peer institutions as competitors, but instead colleagues; we prefer to share our ideas with them and, we hope, them with us.
How to you know if your initiatives actually develop leaders? The DINL has a full time team of four researchers whose sole job is to assess our processes and outcomes, and to serve as a feedback loop so that we can continuously improve. Every component of our program is assessed, to include each and every professional coaching session. We also offer our metrics team as a service to other organizations on campus who want to learn more about their impact in developing Rice students as leaders.
Who are "new leaders?" All Rice students.
What if a student prefers not to participate in Institute activities? There are other terrific opportunities for development at Rice.
How can I get involved? DINL regularly visits residential colleges to describe opportunities to learn to lead. Students can sign up then, or anyone can contact the DINL at any time by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.