Phase I Course

Executive Leadership

Center for Executive Leadership- Phase I Course

A RUTHERFORD Cable program offering graduate-level instruction in conjunction with the Middle Tennessee State University Jennings A. Jones College of Business and University Honors College and underwritten by Nissan.

Phase I – Eleven sessions

Professional Level instruction focusing on the tenets of executive leadership:

Leadership & Diversity
Ethics & Leadership – Power & Influence
Self-Awareness & Reflection
Followership/Motivating Followers
Managing Conflict
Accounting Issues/Financial Statement Analysis
Developing & Leading Teams
Managing New Ventures, Small Business & Family Business
Intelligence & Creativity – Communication
Understanding Human Behavior
Leadership Personality
Inspirational Leadership



Scholarships are available on a limited basis to qualified applicants


Course Instructor

Dr. Joshua Aaron, Joshua R. Aaron holds a PhD in Strategic Management, an MBA in Strategic Management and a BS degree in Accounting, all from the University of Alabama.

Prior to academia, Dr. Aaron was an auditor at Ernst and Young, LLP in Birmingham, AL.

He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Small Business Institute and the Rachel Lynn Smith Foundation in Durham, NC. He has served as the President of the Board of Governors at Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, NC and has consulted with several for profit businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations.

His research focuses on executive compensation for large and small firms, leadership, strategic issues facing small and medium enterprises and corporate reputation. He teaches Strategic Management at both the undergraduate and MBA levels


Additional Information

  • Center for Executive Leadership rotates its program each year.  Stay tuned for upcoming programming

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